Bonner, John, Jr., 1st Lt

Deceased
 
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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
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 358th Fighter Squadron - Lobos
Service Years
1942 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Corsicana
Last Address
San Angelo, TX

Date of Passing
Jan 29, 2004
 
Location of Interment
Lawn Haven Cemetery - San Angelo, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cemetery Unknown

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
AF305
  1982, Air Force Association (AFA), AF305 (Paymaster) (San Angelo, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

He was known as "Johnny."  At seventeen, he turned professional with the first professional rodeo cowboys association.   A junior at Texas A&M on December 7, 1941, then during the Christmas break, he volunteered for, and was accepted into Army Air Corps Cadet Training in January, 1942.   At age nineteen, he received his wings and commission.  To his chagrin, he was "plowed back" as an Instructor Pilot at Goodfellow Field, San Angelo, Texas, in the BT-13.  Eighteen months and 1000 hours later, he was transferred to England and the 355th Fighter Group, the "Steeple Morden Straffers."  Before he was twenty-three, he was a combat element leader in the P-51, striking targets deep into Germany.  Gen Tooey Spaatz personally awarded him his first Air Medal.  At war's end, he returned to San Angelo and its ranching industry.  To know him was to know one who personified Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation."


   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
355th Fighter Group358th Fighter Squadron  - Lobos
  1944-1945, 355th Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 358th Fighter Squadron - Lobos
 Colleges Attended 
Texas A&M University
  1939-1941, Texas A&M University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
BT-13 Valiant  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1942-1945, BT-13 Valiant
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
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