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John J Orbon


Orbon was dishonorably discharged from the USAAF in December 1942 for behaving with disrespect towards, drawing a loaded weapon against, and threatening to kill his superior officer Edward W Barbee on 16 October 1942.

Orbon alleged he had been drinking the day before and had suffered a head injury which had caused amnesia.


Units served with

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 60th Troop Carrier Group

    60th Troop Carrier Group

    Although with the Twelfth Air Force, the Group flew its C-47 Skytrains from St. Eval and Predannack airfields in Cornwall, England for its first mission: dropping paratroops into Oran, Algeria, in the early hours of Operation Torch, which began on 8...

  • 10th Troop Carrier Squadron

Associated Place

  • Aldermaston

    Military site : airfield
    Aldermaston was built for RAF use in 1941-1942, and handed over to the Eighth Air Force in 1942. It was home to several Troop Carrier Groups, and became an airfield of the Ninth Air Force in 1943. Handed back to the RAF in 1945, it was placed on Care...

  • Membury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training base, Membury was built during 1942, and then upgraded in 1943 after allocation to the USAAF as a reconnaissance or transport base, with maintenance and repair depot facilities. It had eventually three concrete...


Event Location Date
Appeared before ETO Board of Review Membury 4 December 1942


Date Contributor Update
28 May 2019 14:49:28 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

ETO Board of Review papers, Volume 1 via Library of Congress