James Joseph Hannon
2nd Lt 0-755556 613th
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.
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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