Dains, John Leroy, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1941-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 15th Pursuit Group, Fighter
Service Years
1940 - 1941
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt D.L. Kimbrow (Skip) to remember Dains, John Leroy, 2nd Lt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mt. Olive City
Last Address
Haleiwa Field, Oahu, Hawaii

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot N Row 1 Grave 171

 Official Badges 

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Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenPearl Harbor Fallen
  1941, World War II Fallen
  1941, Pearl Harbor Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments47th Pursuit Squadron, Fighter15th Pursuit Group, Fighter
  1940-1941, Army Air Forces Central Instructors School (CIS)
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 47th Pursuit Squadron, Fighter
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 15th Pursuit Group, Fighter
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-36 Hawk  
  1940-1941, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1940-1941, P-36 Hawk
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. John Dains served with the 47th Pursuit Squadron based at Haleiwa Fighter Strip, on the north shore of Oahu. During the Japanese attack, he used both a P-36 and P-40 in sorties against them.  

Unfortunately, he was shot down on by "friendly fire", American AA fire, crashing at Schofield Barracks while flying a P-36A (#41-1207) .

He and his buddy. Lt. Harry Brown, had just qualified their aerial-gunnery qualifications at the Haleiwa auxiliary airfield, in the new P-40E.  He is credited with shooting down the first Japanese aircraft of the War.


Silver Star Citation
Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant John L. Dains, United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while serving with the 47th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, at Haleiwa Field and over the Island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941.

When the American forces on Oahu were surprised by a heavy attack launched by Japanese forces, Lieutenant Dains took off to combat the enemy in a P-40 type airplane without advance information regarding the strength, disposition or type of enemy aircraft. Lieutenant Dains flew three missions on the morning of 7 December 1941, a total of approximately two and one-half hours. The first two missions were flown in a P-40 type airplane, and the third mission in a P-36 type airplane. He was killed in action during the third mission.

Lieutenant Dains' undaunted courage and determined action contributed to a large extent toward driving off the sudden enemy air attack.

Action Date: December 7, 1941
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Company: 47th Pursuit Squadron
Regiment: 15th Pursuit Group

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3772715 (photo/memorial)

http://www.jackfellows.com/Aviation/aviation-067.html (details )

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/assets/pdf/D9167626126.PDF (photo and memorials)

Goldstein, Dillon and Wenger, The Way It Was: Pearl Harbor, the Original Photographs, Brassey's Inc., Virginia, 1995. p. 144. at http://books.google.com/

"Mt. Olive Boy Killed", Edwardsville Intelligencer, (Edwardsville, Illinois), 9 December 1941, page 1
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