John Phillip Morreale

S/Sgt    36631508    613th
1922 - 1944

Radio Operator aboard 42-37856 (Fancy Nancy III)


                                                                                         Mount Carmel cemetery, Hillside.
                                                                                         Cook county, Illinois, USA

     John was born Oct 1, 1922, Chicago, Illinois.

     He graduated from Waller High, joined the Army when America went to war, and volunteered for the
     Army Air Force.
     He did his basic training in Illinois, completed radio school in Florida, was assigned gunnery training
     in Salt Lake City, was then assigned to a B-17 crew in training at Roberts Field in Redmond, Oregon.
     He had a beautiful fiancee, Pearl Sherer, waiting for him to come home.

     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     His last mission, Jan 30, 1944, just before Target Brunswick, the plane was hit by a FW 190.
     Unfortunately, John was killed
     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1944, when John died on the age of 21 he left behind his family :

         His father, Frank Morreale
         His mother, Mary Morreale
         His brother, Carl Morreale
         His brother, Frank Morreale Jr.

      Sept 43, John with his uncle Joe Morreale and his St Bernard "Tresa".
        It was the last time that John was home.

Individual casualty questionaire

Told by S/Sgt Ray Lawrence Surowski , Engr / Top Turret.

- Name of crew member : Morreale , John Phillip.
- Rank : S/Sgt.
- Serial number : 36631508
- Position : Radio Operator.

- Did he bail out ? : No knowledge.

- Last contact just prior to loss of plane ? : I saw S/Sgt. Morreale alive and well before I bailed out.

- Was he injured ? : Not at that time.

- Where was he last seen ? : I saw him before I bailed out.

- Any explanation of his fate ? : Killed during fighter attack ?.

- Total number of missions of above crew member ? : 5.

- Date and destinations if possible ? : Dec 31,   1943    Cognac , France
                                                                     Jan 5,     1944    Tours , France
                                                                     Jan 21,   1944    Notre Dame de Ferme , France
                                                                     Jan 29,   1944    Frankfurt
                                                                     Jan 30,   1944    Brunswick

Mission to Brunswick, germany, just before target the plane was hit by a FW 190 , German fighter.

Lt. Ronald R. Rohner Crew

Standing L to R: Ray Surowski, John Morreale, Homer Arbogast, Cliff Barker. Kenneth Dickerson, Lowel Reif.
Kneeling L to R: Stanley Johnson, Emil Smetana, Ronald Rohner, Frank Leonard.

Taken at Redmond Oregon in final days of training.

                            S/Sgt. John Morreale was buried on the cemetery of Ochsendorf on 1 Feb. 44.

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