Stein, John, Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 3rd Scouting Force
Service Years
1942 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles
Last Address
Wormingford, England

Casualty Date
Apr 03, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot C, Row 6, Grave 38

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School55th Fighter Squadron  - Fighting Fifty-Fifth493rd Bombardment Group, Heavy3rd Scouting Force
  1944-1944, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 770, 55th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Fifty-Fifth
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 493rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1945-1945, 3rd Scouting Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
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Last Known Activity
John Stein, Jr. was born in 1916 in Clackamas County, Oregon, the son of John and Hazel Stein. He had one brother. In early 1944, while residing in California, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps' Aviation Cadet program. After completing pilot training, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and was assigned to advanced training on the P-51 fighter.

He was sent to England in late 1944, joining the 55th Fighter Squadron. He flew several combat missions escorting bombers and on fighter sweeps. In order to insure more efficient bombing, the 8th Air Force initiated a program of using fighter pilots to seek out weather ahead of the bomber streams. An official program was begun, and in February 1945, the 3rd Scouting Force was formed. Stein was assigned to this unit, as part of the 862nd Bomb Squadron of the 493rd Bomb Group.

On April 3, 1945, he was escorting bombers to Kiel, Germany when his scouting flight was engaged and fired on by friendly P-51s. Stein's aircraft was hit and went into a flat spin at 14,000 feet. The right wing came off, and the aircraft continued its spin. Stein's wingman urged him to bail out, but when last seen, there was no fire and the canopy was intact, indicating no bail out. The aircraft crashed into Gamborg Fjord.

The wreckage was located by Danish fisher men but no recovery was made. An effort was made by Grave Registration in May, 1945 after the liberation of Denmark to pull the aircraft from the water, but this attempt failed. On May 6, 1948, another effort attempted a recovery, but also failed. Finally, in October, 1948, human remains were recovered, and buried at the Ardennes American Cemetery where Lt. Stein now lies in Plot C, Row 6, Grave 38.
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The aircraft involved in this incident was P-51D # 44-12152, unnamed, assigned to the 3rd Scouting Force.

Missing Air Crew Report 13964 was issued.

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