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John Charles Sizer


John Sizer flew 30 missions as pilot of his Flying Fortress. He was a patriot of the truest kind, and joined up simply to serve his country in a time of great need. His wife, Ruth (Jacobs) Sizer, traveled with him all during his training and waited longingly for his letters from England. After the war he became an air traffic controller and served the FAA for over 25 years, retiring in 1972. He loved baseball, golf, and bowling (and even bowled a 300 game!).

John had two children, Mike Sizer (Fort Worth, TX) and Sandra Sizer Frankiel, aka Tamar Frankiel (Los Angeles); and 7 grandchildren. He adored children and would have loved to be surrounded by his grandkids all the time - but they didn't always live close by. He lived in Cincinnati (where he was born in October 1918) and Dayton, OH; in Homestead, FL (until the 1992 hurricane); and in the Los Angeles area, including the last 5 years with his daughter. He cared sincerely about his family; and especially loved and cared for Ruth until she passed away in 1997.

John passed away on August 11, 2010. We remember him for his love of life, his sense of humor, and his commitment to what is good and right. He said so many times, even during his final illness, "I'm the luckiest man in the world."



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Units served with

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

  • St Nicholas, Rattlesden

    Other location

  • Rattlesden Gliding Club

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Cincinnati, OH, USA October 1918
Based Rattlesden 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 709BS, 447BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Los Angeles, CA 11 August 2010


Date Contributor Update
11 October 2021 14:27:51 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, events and media associations

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2020 02:26:50 decwriter Changes to service number and awards

NARA files verified officer number, DFC and AM w/3 OLCs. He earned at least one bronze star on the EAME Campaign Medal.

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2020 02:02:10 pamccolgan Changes to person associations, unit associations and place associations

447 Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2016 07:40:02 sandrasizer Changes to nickname, biography, awards, person associations and media associations

John C. Sizer, 1st Lt. Info and photos from daughter.

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27 September 2014 18:15:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History Roster as of 01 August 1945