Lugg, John E., 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
1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 336th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Flint City
Last Address
336th Bomb Squadron
Horham, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Jan 29, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot H, Row 3, Grave 41

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Flight Engineer Badge
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy95th Bombardment Group, Heavy
336th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 95th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 336th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Bombing Raids Over Germany
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
John E. Lugg was born in Flint, Michigan in 1923 to Jennie Lugg. The US Census lists him as living with his stepfather (Jerome Rollins)and family in Flint, Michigan.

Lugg enlisted in the Army Air Forces as a private in Detroit on November 10, 1942. His enlistment file states he had completed 3 years of high school, and that he was employed as a toolmaker.

He was selected for flight duty, then trained as a flight engineer and as an aerial gunner. After this, he was sent to crew training and assigned to the crew headed by Lt James D. Higgins. The crew picked up a new B-17 and ferried it to England. Sometime before this, Lugg had married his wife, Virginia.

The crew was assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group at Thorpe-Abbots, but a few days later, were sent to the 336th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group at Horham, England, where they made 8 combat missions.

On January 29, 1944, the crew participated in a raid on Frankfurt, Germany. Over the target, flak was intense and accurate. The aircraft was hit by flak, disabling one engine. Lt Higgins feathered the propellor, dropped out of formation, and the aircraft seemed under control when last seen. However, it crashed near Ziegfield, Belgium. Five of the crew managed to survive, but it is not known if they bailed out or not.

The five survivors were captured and held as POWs. The dead were buried in Ziegfield, but later retrieved and moved. SSgt Lugg presently lies in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium in Plot H, Row 3, Grave 41.

US Census 1930
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt John E. Lugg was acting as flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17F # 42-30226, named "Spook V," assigned to the 336th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 2256 contains some details of the loss. Crew rosters show the crew consisted of:

2 Lt James D. Higgins  p
2 Lt James F. Munn  c-p
2 Lt Don A. Gallagher  nav
2 Lt Vernon E. Archibald  bomb
SSgt John E. Lugg  eng/tt gun
SSgt Raymond W. Carrey  r/o
Sgt  Robert F. P. Humphrey  btg
Sgt  Jack Clark  Lwg
SSgt Austin M. Dulaney  Rwg
Sgt  Howard J. Thompson  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lt Archibald's name is given in 100th Bomb Group records as "Vernon E.," all other sources states "Vern E."

In the crew photo, SSgt Lugg is in the back row, 4th from left.

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