John Phillip England
2nd Lt 0-748608 612th
1920 - 1943
Co Pilot onboard 42-39826 (Stubborn Jean)
John was born April 5, 1920, Hennepin, Minnesota.
On Oct 16, 1940 he enlisted to the aircorps.
In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG and he flew 5 missions
The last mission, Dec 30, 1943, Target: Ludwigshaven, Germany.
Lt Traian Neag crew dropped their bombs and are on their way back home when they are hit by flak.
After being attacked for several minutes , the crew decides to bail out.
Unfortunately all men survived, except John, nobody knows what happend to him.
He was awarded with an Air medal and a Purple Heart Medal
In 1943, when John died on the age of 23 he left behind his family :
His father, Oscar England, age 59
His mother Winifred England, age 59
His brother, Robert England, age 36
His brother, Will England, age 28
His siter, Katharine England, age 25
His brother, Richard England, age 21
His brother, Paul England, age 18
Back Row: Traian Neag - JOHN P. ENGLAND - Webb - Okey DeRaimo - Keith S. Commins
Front Row: Harold A. Highlan - Bert A. Purwin - Jay L. Connors - James E. Farrell - William C. Barton
Photo Courtesy of John P. DeRaimo.
Individual casualty questionaire
Told by 1st Lt. Traian Neag , Pilot.
- Name of crew member : England , John P.
- Rank : 2nd LT.
- Serial number : 0748608
- Position : Co-Pilot.
- Did he bail out ? : Yes.
- Where ? : Just after we left target at Ludwigshaven, Germany
- Last contact just prior to loss of plane ? : I told him that we had better bail out so
he just got out of his seat and left.
- Was he injured ? : No.
- Where was he last seen ? : In the air swinging in his parachute.
- Any explanation of his fate ? : Non , except that the country in which we bailed out in was very rugged ,
many hills and rivers.
It is possible that he got hurt on landing and couldn't get any help.
- Total number of missions of above crew member ? : Six.
- Date and destinations if possible ? : Nov 26, 1943 Bremen
Dec 11, 1943 Emden
Dec 13, 1943 Kiel
Dec 24, 1943 Gorenflos
Dec 30, 1943 Ludwigshaven
Mission to Ludwigshafen, crashed at Zierolshofen, Germany
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