Canty, John H., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 9th Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 22, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
8th Air Force555th Bombardment Squadron, Medium 386th Bombardment Group, Medium9th Air Force
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 8th Air Force
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 555th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 386th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 9th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Ground-strike mission
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26 Marauder  
  1943-1944, B-26 Marauder
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SSgt. John H. Canty entered the Army Air Corps in Hartford, Connecticut on 17 July 1942.  Prior to his entry into the USAAF, he was an inspector for Hudson Wire Company, Winsted, Connecticut.

He received training at MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida,; Lake Charles AAB, Louisiana; and gunnery school at Lowery Field, Denver, Colorado.

In the ETO, he served as a gunner and flight engineer aboard B-26 (tail number 42-96087), flying with the 555th Bombardment Squadron (M), 386th Bombardment Group (M) at RAF Great Dunmow, Easton-Lodge, Essex, England (USAAF Station 164). Initially based at RAF Boxted, England in June-September 1943.

On 22 June 1944, his aircraft was shot down by heavy flak that hit the bomb bay section of the aircraft bringing it down 2 milies west-south-west of Chateau, Caen, France at 2128 hrs. (Note: between the villages of Baron-sur-Odon and Gavrus, France.)

Lt. Col. Don L. Weiss, pilot (Iowa)
1st Lt. Axel P. Slustrop, co-pilot (Oregon)
1st Lt. David Meserow, bombardier (Illinois)
1st Lt. George H. Hazlett, Jr., navigator (Massachusetts)
Capt.. Orville D. Thatcher, passenger (Iowa)
TSgt. Robert E. Perkins, radio operator-gunner (Pennsylvania)
SSgt. John H. Canty, engineer-gunner (Connecticut)
SSgt. Thomas J. McCaslin, tail-gunner (Nebraska)

His remains were never found. 

In 1995, the remains of the following men were interred in Arlington National Cemetery:
Lt. Col. Donald Weiss
1st Lt. Axel P. Slustrop
1st Lt. David Meserow
1st Lt. George H. Hazlett, Jr.

SSgt. Cantry was awarded the DFC for "Valor", AIr Medal w/ Silver Oak Leaf and 4 Bronze Leaves. He was awarded  the DFC "V" following his 25th mission, according to news accounts.

Note: Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 6283


Note: The Squadron arrived in England in June 1943, but exact date of the arrival of this aircraft and crew is not known. Initially assigned to the 8th Air Force, it was transferred to the 9th Air Force in October 1943.

Remains have been recovered.

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