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John Lynn Ellis


Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 31-Jul-44; A/C was B-17 42-38007 'Hello Mr Maier'. BG records indicate picked up. RTD

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).



  • Ralph Campbell

    Military | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group

  • Joe Collins

    Military | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group

  • George Cross

    Military | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group

  • Herbert Flowers

    Military | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group

  • Richard Ganter

    Military | Gunner | 94th Bomb Group

  • Richard Moore

    Military | Radio | 94th Bomb Group

  • Heber Smith

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    July 31, '44 shot up badly by flak over Munich # 1 & 2 engines knocked out. Ditched in North Sea. In water for 2 1/2 hours. Picked up by British Air/Sea Rescue ...

Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 332nd Bomb Squadron

    332nd Bomb Squadron

    Part of 94th Bomb Group.


  • 42-38007 Hello Mr Maier

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Gr Island 3/12/43; Presque Is 14/12/43; Nutts Corner N.I., 20/12/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-Q] Rougham 21/12/43; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with John Ellis, Co-pilot: Ralph Campbell, Navigator: George Cross,...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...


Event Location Date
Born Burns, Wyoming 6 November 1922

Son of Lawrence Neale and Ogal Nina [Hunnicutt] Ellis.

Lived in Chicago, Illinois 30 June 1942

2744 Winnomac

Enlisted Chicago, IL 29 August 1942

Chicago, Illinois

Overseas Combat Tour Rougham (Bury St. Edmunds) Airfield, UK 1 April 1944 – 1 November 1944
Died Pullman, Washington 11 April 2014

ELLIS, John L. 1922 - 2014 Born to L. Neale and Ogal Ellis on November 6, 1922 in Burns, Wyoming, John L. Ellis, a resident of Colfax, WA since 1952, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Pullman Regional Hospital, at the age of 91. A memorial service will be held for John on Thursday, April 17th, at The Courtyard in Colfax, 300 S. Main, at 2:00 p.m. His burial will take place at the Colfax Cemetery, with military rights, prior to the memorial service. John migrated from Wyoming to Iowa, then to Chicago, Illinois where he graduated from Kelvin High in 1940. His father, who had an idea that war was pending, sent John to Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri. There he became interested in flying, and soon earned his private pilot's license. In the spring of 1942, when indeed America was at war, he signed up with the Army Air Corps and after basic training, spent nine months in Cadet School. John was married to Lorna Hinz from Anamosa, Iowa on December 19, 1942 in Kahoka, Missouri, graduating from Kemper in December of 1943. Based out of Rougham Air Field England, 21 year old Lt. John Ellis was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for "extraordinary achievement", along with five other medals, while completing his thirty-five missions as a B-17 pilot during WWII. Proudly, his North Sea story has found its way into the Air Force National Archives and is a centerpiece of a museum in East Anglia, England. In 1944, he returned on a ship to rejoin his wife and daughter in Anamosa, Iowa. The family moved to Colfax in 1952, where John owned and operated a concrete plant for twenty years and raised one daughter, and two sons. During this span of time, John served on the Colfax City Council, and was appointed the position of City Police Commissioner. Following the sale of his business, he worked at several different jobs, including a men's clothing store on Main Street, Zimmer Motors in Moscow, ID, and then his final retirement in 1989, from the Washington State Highway Dept. John took advantage of this newfound freedom to more fully enjoy some of his favorite activities such as fishing, golfing, fishing, horseback riding, fishing, and traveling with Lorna. He also spent much quality time with family and friends. His hard-working ethic and honesty, his genuineness, and hi unforgettable sense of humor, will continue to live in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

Buried Colfax Cemetery Colfax, Whitman County, WA 14 April 2014

Colfax Cemetery
Colfax, Whitman County, Washington, USA
PLOT Block 6, Row 2, Gr 43


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18 January 2022 14:59:45 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations and media associations

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Rougham Control Tower memorial plaques
Facebook group: 94th Bomb Group magazine

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR no #