Person, John H., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Apr 18, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Navigator Badge

 Unit Assignments
Advancement Schools and Courses301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
John H. Person was born in Wisconsin in 1915 to Charles A. and Ethel A. Person. The US Census 1930 shows the family living in Memphis, Tennessee.

Person enlisted as an aviation cadet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 8, 1941. The NARA enlistment file shows he had completed 2 years of college (unnamed), and was working as a semi-skilled inspector.

He received navigational training, and upon completing the course, was commissioned and awarded wings. He was assigned to the 301st Bomb Group, deployed to England, and began flying missions over France. In October, 1942, the 301st transferred a number of aircraft to North Africa to engage targets there, and later, Italy.

On April 18, 1943, the crew was tasked to participate in a raid on the railway marshalling yards at Palmero, Sicily. Approximately, 20 miles from the target, the formation was attacked by German fighters. The aircraft in which Person was in was attacked by 2 ME-110 fighters. The #2 engine was set ablaze, and the aircraft crashed into the sea. No parachutes were seen.

Lt Person is remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial at Carthage, Tunisia.

NARA Enlistment Records


Lt John H. Person was the assigned navigator on B-17F #41-24371, named "Devils from Hell,: assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16508 was issued, but contains little past a crew listing, aircraft identification, and that the aircraft crashed into the sea. Mission loading lists agree the crew were:

1 Lt Bobby M. Godwin  p
1 Lt John W. Houck  c-p
2 Lt John H. Person  nav
1 Lt Virgil E. Hope  bomb
Sgt Robert B. Imler  eng/tt gun
Sgt Robert S. Littrel  r/o
Sgt Arthur L. Nilges  btg
Sgt Frank Patafore  wg
Sgt William M. Hawkins  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Some sources state Lt Hope was the co-pilot, but 301st BG records clearly show Lt Houck was co-pilot.

NOTE: On October 5, 2015, a dive team discovered the wreckage about 4 miles from Palermo, Sicily in 75 feet of water. Nothing can be taken from the site, including human remains, as it has been declared "a war grave."

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