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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