John entered the service on 27 March 1942 from Scott Field, Illinois. He enlisted as a Private (# 36 0570121. He had four years of college education, was Single, without dependents, and his civilian occupation was listed as: "Agents and appraisers, n.e.c." He was in Class 43-10 at South Plains Army Air Field, Texas.
John married on 12 November 1945; he and his wife had two children. They raised registered Holstein dairy cattle and registered Shropshire sheep.
John was listed in the Mission Detroit orders as the pilot of CG-4A #42-62750, being towed by C-47A #42-100576, Chalk #17. On 437th TCG order #45, dated 03 August 1944 he is listed as being moved with other 437th TCG Glider pilots to an undisclosed location – probably that was in support of Operation DRAGOON, later that month. The Operation Varsity, Serial A-9 orders list him as pilot of CG-4A, #42-??329, Chalk #96; towed by C-47A #42-100650, Chalk #8.
He appeared on the rosters of the 437th TCG Association as a member from 1972 until 1986.
Units served with
Constituted as the 437th Troop Carrier Group on 15 April 1943, it was activated on 01 May 1943 in Dunnellon, FL. They trained with C-46 and C-47 aircraft for duty overseas with the Ninth Air Force. They moved to England during January and February of...
Military site : airfield
Planned as an RAF operational training station, Ramsbury was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 28 pan and 24 loop hardstandings, and two T2...
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