Herb, John William, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1945-1945, M 1055, 359th Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cleveland Heights
Last Address
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Casualty Date
Apr 13, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments
368th Fighter Squadron359th Fighter Group
  1945-1945, M 1055, 368th Fighter Squadron
  1945-1945, M 1055, 359th Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1940-1942, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. John Herb enlisted from Cambridge, Massachusetts on 4 November 1942 while attending MIT.

He served in the ETO beginning on 23 January 1945 with the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group based at RAF East Wretham  (USAAF Station 133),Thetford,  Norfolk, England.

He was the pilot of a P-51D (#44-72260 CV-E) named "Mary Lou" .

On 13 April 1945, on a mission to Gustrow, his unit began strafing parked German aircraft near Neumunster, Germany.  Apparently, he flew so low that his coolant scoop was torn off by surrounding trees.  He was able to fly the aircraft, though unable to gain altitude, to a field southwest of Hamburg where he crashed into trees on landing. Those flying with him stated that they believed he was killed in the impact; and he was listed as MIA.  His remains were accounted for on 19 February 2015. His name was on the Wall of the Missing in The Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial.

See: Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 13905

"Herb was killed on Mission 343, April 13, 1945; time up 1334, down 1843. Penetration escort to Neumunster, then strafing.  He was credited with 2 Do  217s and 2 Me 110s on the ground before hitting trees and crashing in flames."

He was interred in Arlington on 18 June 2015.
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NOTE: According to eye witness accounts, John William Herb survived the crash of his P-51, but was shot, shortly after he had climbed from the wreck. The body was hastily buried nearby and recovered 60 years later, after one of the witnesses, Wolfgang Romer (5 yrs old in 1945), had located it.

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