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John William Gross Jr

Military

Service

People

  • George Asprocolas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Max Bunin

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Guy Greene

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions, total of two hundred fifty three hours and thirty minutes in combat. AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • William Isbell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner/Togglier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Daniel Jaworski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Mendias

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Edward Morrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Max Rammell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106993

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P/W] Horham 13/3/44; with J. M. Bastion; Co-pilot Frank Puckett Barbour; force landed France 22/6/44; with J.E. Hamilton force landed RAF Bentwaters, Sfk 6/10/44;121m...

  • 42-31867 'Go Getter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; with Wilmot Chamberlain force landed Morrison, FL 31/1/44; Memphis 19/4/44; Kansas City 20/4/44; Kearney 24/4/44; Presque Is 28/4/44; Grenier 30/4/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-P] Horham 2/5/44; battle damaged...

  • 42-31876 'Fireball' ' Fireball Red'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/12/43; Gt Falls 3/1/44; Cheyenne 5/1/44; Kearney 13/1/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Q] Horham 17/2/44; aborted after take off for Dusseldorf 9/9/44 with Bill Lahl, Co-pilot: Theo Bennett, Navigator: Maurice Schwartz (wia),...

  • 42-31939 Spook Six

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Kearney 15/1/44; Romulus 23/1/44; Grenier 25/1/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-J] Horham 2/2/44; transferred 412BS [QW-J]; 98m, with S.D. Reed, force landed RAF Coltishakk, 8RTD, 1WIA; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 21/6/44;...

  • 42-97844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Bill Durant (Ouratt?), Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator...

  • 43-38281 KIMMIE KAR FOR 9

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/7/44; Kearney 25/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-A] Podington 10/8/44; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Horham 11/8/44; with F.W. Volz force landed Deblin, Poland 15/2/45; sal 1/3/45; 70m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21...

  • 43-38283

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/7/44; Kearney 25/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 13/8/44; 336BS [ET-A]; with D.L. Pearson force landed Laon, Fr 30/12/44;42m, Missing in Action Ruhland 17/3/45 with Irwin Vermillion, Co-pilot: John...

  • 43-38584

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/8/44; Lincoln 1/9/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Horham 25/9/44; with T.J. Tower force landed A-74 Cambrai/Niergneis, France 5/1/45; with C. Earley both with gs Ellingworth & Theo Hempen (wia) 25/2/45; landing...

  • 43-38649

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/8/44; Gt Falls 1/9/44; Cheyenne 3/9/44 mod as F-9C; 91 Ph Gp Buckley 26/10/44; 19 Ph Sq Buckley 29/11/44; 91 RLP Howard 18/1/45; 91 RLP Waller 18/7/45; 91 RLP McGuire 9/2/49; 91 SRG Gp Barksdale 30/9/49; 91 SRG Gp McGuire 11/10/49...

Missions

  • 689

    26 October 1944

  • 691

    28 October 1944

  • 698

    2 November 1944

  • 700

    4 November 1944

  • 702

    5 November 1944

  • 707

    9 November 1944

  • 712

    11 November 1944

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 725

    26 November 1944

  • 729

    29 November 1944

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Emigsville, PA 15 February 1922
95th Bomb Group Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 26 October 1944 – 30 March 1945
Died Cumberland County, PA 2 March 2017

John W. Gross, Jr., 95, entered the kingdom of our Lord at home March 2nd surrounded by family.

John was born in a farm house in Emigsville, Pa. to Alice (Golden) and John W. Gross Sr., later relocating to Wernersville Pa, where he attended High School.

In 1942 while attending Muhlenberg College, he enlisted to join the fight in Europe. After completing officers training, he became a B-17 pilot and served in the 95th Bombardment Group. He successfully completed 35 missions before returning home to his pre-war sweetheart, Arlene M. Lamm. They wed in 1948. In 1950, after relocating to Harrisburg Pa., John and his father began distributing Maxwell House coffee from their Harrisburg apartment. Sixty-seven years later, John Gross & Co. of Mechanicsburg remains a locally owned, 4th generation family business, providing foodservice products to restaurants and institutions throughout the mid-state.

John remained active in the business until the time of his death as a "29-year-old man with 66 years of experience". John's life was the business and his family was the business. Arlene proceeded him in death in 2014.

They are survived by their two daughters and a son, Kaye and Dean Sensenig of Sinking Spring, Diane and Jim LaRocca of Mechanicsburg, and Brian and Edie Gross of Orrstown, 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

John was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church of Camp Hill, a member of the Zembo Shrine and West Shore Country Club where he had enjoyed his golf.

Visitation is planned for Friday, March 10th from 5:00 - 8:00pm at Christ Community Church, 1201 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 11th at 11 o'clock at Grace Lutheran Church, 1610 Carlisle Road, Camp Hill. Burial will be private

Buried 11 March 2017

Rolling Green Memorial Park
Camp Hill, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot
Block N, Plot 145

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2020 00:12:58 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/177127313/john-william-gross
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/2592

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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