John T Swais served as a pilot with the 401st Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group.
Before the war he had been a college football star back home in Oklahoma.
Swais was Killed in Action (KIA) on 26 February 1943 in B-17 41-24447 'Kickapoo'. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters and crashed into North Sea.
Units served with
The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-H] Bangor 29-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42; Missing in Action 11m Wilhelmshafen 26-Feb-44. Flak hit caused fire in #4, crashed North Sea. 10 Killed in Action, Missing Air Crew Report 3575. KICKAPOO.
26 February 1943
After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...
Military site : airfield
Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...
||Sulphur Springs, TX 75482, USA
||Oklahoma City, OK, USA
||29 April 1941
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||26 February 1943
||Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK
Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.