John K Havener

Military
Lieutenant Jack Havener of the 344th Bomb Group reads a magazine in his bunk. Image by Jack K Havener, 344th Bomb Group.. Associated caption: 'Havener in his sack in the hut. Night stand and racks & shelving made from empty ammo boxes, Sept `1944.'

Object Number - FRE 7134 - Lieutenant Jack Havener of the 344th Bomb Group reads a magazine in his bunk. Image by Jack K Havener, 344th Bomb Group.. Associated caption:...

Jack K Havener (1920–2011) flew B-26 Marauders with the 344th Bomb Group. He completed 68 combat missions in the medium bombers, many of them from Stansted. Among the medals awarded to Havener was the Distinguished Flying Cross – given to an American airman who ‘distinguished himself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight’.

Havener grew up in Illinois and worked for the International Harvester Company, an agricultural equipment supplier, his entire adult life. He joined as an office boy in 1939, and retired as a supervisor in production and material management in 1978. After the war he remained in the active reserve of the US Air Force, rising from the rank of Captain in 1945 to Lieutenant Colonel in 1971. He was one of the founding members of IWM Duxford’s American Air Museum in Britain.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Terre Haute Tornado
  • Unit: 344th Bomb Group

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Sterling, IL, USA 1920-09-15

Died

Memphis, TN, USA 2011-05-16

Buried

Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA 2011-05-20 Memphis Memory Gardens

Revisions

Date17 May 2021 19:14:38
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a Buried event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 227235542.
SOURCE: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/227235542/john-k-havener

Date17 May 2021 19:00:30
Contributorjmoore43
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Updated the Died event per info in his obit.
SOURCE: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/memphis-tn/john-havener-4675…

Date17 May 2021 18:57:05
Contributorjmoore43
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Updated the highest rank per info in his obit at the Memphis Funeral Home.
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/memphis-tn/john-havener-4675…

Date17 May 2021 18:24:08
Contributorjmoore43
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Added an association to the 9th AF per info on the 344th Bomb Group.

Date17 May 2021 18:06:33
Contributorjmoore43
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Added an association to the 497th BS listed in the A/C #42-95952 description section.

Date10 Oct 2014 13:10:28
ContributorEmily
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Updated Place of Birth and Death, from Obituary, sent to AAM by brother Bill Havener, 2011.

Date1 Oct 2014 08:42:10
ContributorEmily
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-Correspondence with Roger Freeman held with original copies of associated media.

-AAM membership list.

- Medals: Baumgardner, 'The Distinguished Flying Cross Society', p 103.

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