John Tannahill Jr.
2nd Lt 0-803899 612th
1915 - 1944
Pilot onboard 42-31486
St Avold, Lorraine, France
Plot : B , Row : 26 , Grave : 1
John was born Nov 15, 1915, Dallas, Texas.
He was married to Mrs. jackie tannahill.
In Apr 8, 1942 he enlisted to the aircorps.
In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
His 4th and last mission, 29 Jan 1944, Target: Frankfurt, the plane was attacked by enemy fighters.
The plane exploded mid air and unfortunately, John was killed
He was awarded with a Purple Heart Medal
In 1944, when John died on the age of 28 he left behind his family :
His father, John B tannahill, age 69
His mother, Nora Tannahill, age 60
His sister, Laura tannahill, age 30
Individual casualty questionaire
Told by 2nd LT William Clarence Frye Jr. , Bombardier.
- Name of crew member : Tannahill , John Jr.
- Rank : 2nd Lt.
- Serial number : 0-803899
- Position : Pilot.
- Did he bail out ? : No.
- Where ? : Plane hit (after explosion) approx. 20 km from Kaiserslautern
- If not , why not ? : Explosion of plane
- Last contact just prior to loss of plane ? : He called an attacking fighter just as we entered flak over target.
The first time over interphone , dead from then on.
- Was he injured ? : Not at the time of this last conversation.
- Where was he last seen ? : On ground as we landed.
- Any explanation of his fate ? : I was informed by German Doctor that all of my "comrades" were dead.
4 bodies were thrown clear of ship ( from his information ).
I believe he was injured in final fighter attack.
He was not in a position where he could get clear at time of the explosion.
Could only locate 1 parachute ( other then my own ) after the explosion.
- Total number of missions of above crew member ? : 4.
- Date and destinations if possible ? : Jan 7, 1944 Ludwigshaven
Jan 21, 1944 Garentos, France
Jan 29, 1944 Frankfurt
Mission to Frankfurt, germany, Aircraft last seen with #1 and #2 engines on fire after attack by enemy aircraft.
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