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John W Reading

Military

Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). 28-Feb-45 MACR 15875

Awards: PH

Service

People

  • John Potschner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-96124 'Holy Moses'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. 6 x Killed in Action (KIA)....

Associated Place

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

  • Péronne

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Essex County, MA, USA 4 July 1920

Son of Arthur and Ethel Reading.

Lived in Boston, MA, USA 1941
Enlisted Boston, MA, USA 27 July 1942
Pilot training Columbus Air Force Base, Harpe Blvd, Columbus, MS 39710, USA 1943

Basic flight training - Columbus AAF, OH.

Pilot training Arizona St, Blytheville, AR 72315, USA 1943

Primary flight training - Blytheville AAF, AR.

Pilot training Barksdale AFB, LA, USA 1943

Advanced flight training - Shreveport AAF, LA.

Pilot training Chennault International Airport, 3650 Sen J Bennett Johnston Ave, Lake Charles, LA 70615, USA 1943

Operational training - Lake Charles AAF, LA.

Based Rivenhall 1944 – 28 February 1945

Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

Married Boston, MA, USA 24 April 1944

Married Anne Weston 24-Apr-44.

Died 02630 Wassigny, France 28 February 1945

Failed to Return mission to Germany. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny 28-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15875

Buried 80200 Péronne, France 29 February 1945

Interred
Péronne cemetery

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried 1701 J St, Keokuk, IA 52632, USA 15 February 1949

Re-Interred
Keokuk National Cemetery
Keokuk,
Lee County, IA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2018 17:16:28 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2882757

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2018 17:13:47 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2882757

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2018 21:00:56 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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