James Joseph Hannon

2nd Lt    0-755556    613th
North Dakota
1921 - 1944

Co Pilot onboard 42-31374


Fort Snelling National cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Plot : C-24,0,13880 .

     James was born Feb 28, 1921, Rural, Morton, North Dakota.
     He later moved to Hennepin, Minnesota and married to Gladys L Hannon.

     In Aug 19, 1941 he enlisted to the aircorps.

     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     His last mission, Mar 13, 1944, Target: Gorenflos, France, after dropping bombs the plane was hit by flak.
     Ship was afire and exploded before hitting undercast.

     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1944, when James died on the age of 23 he left behind his family :

         His father, James E Hannon, age 63
         His mother, Anna M Hannon, age 56
         His sister, Kathryn M Hannon, age 31
         His sister, Alice Hannon, age 29
         His sister, Florence E Hannon, age 21
         His brother, Daniel M Hannon, age 19
         His sister, Helen A Hannon, age 17
         His sister, Aileen M Hannon, age 16
         His brother, Terrence M Hannon, age 13

         His wife, Gladys L Hannon

Jim married Gladys just before going overseas , Dec 1942

     James probably stayed in the plane.
     He was found near the wreckage of the plane.

     On march 18, he was buried at a English World War Memorial Cemetery, Abbeville/Somme.
     Grave J-5.


     On Apr 26, 1949 his body was brought back for reburial at Ft. Snelling, in Minneapolis, MN.

     James (Jim) was Penny's uncle, she remembers traveling by train with my mother from NY to MN for his funeral.
     I attended the funeral Mass, but was not allowed to go to the cemetery, as my mother thought I was too young,
     at 5 years old.

Mission to Gorenflos, France, operation " Crossbow " (Nazi rocket sites), flak hit ship and on no. 3 engine and exploded.
Chrashed near St Quen, France.

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