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John Guanu


Crew member on the B-24D, 41-11761, The Squaw. Flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti mission. Damaged by flak and diverted to Cyprus. Returned to base at Benghazi, Libya 3-Aug-43. Flew to Fort Worth, Texas for a war bond tour with, The Squaw. 1944

Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).



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Units served with

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    98th Bomb Group

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  • Operation Tidal Wave

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Associated Place

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Albany, NY 7 June 1923

Son of George Guanu and Anna Bouras.

Enlisted New York City, NY 18 December 1941
Lived in Albany, NY, USA 1943
Based Benina 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Crew member B-24 41-11761 'Little Squaw' flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, diverted to Cypress.

War Bond Tour Fort Worth, TX, USA 1944

Returned to Fort Worth, Texas, USA for war bonds tour with A/C.

Died Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY 26 August 2005
Buried Cherry Valley Cemetery Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY 29 August 2005

Cherry Valley Cemetery
Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York


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