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John Mario Risi (Jan 18, 1925 - April 11, 1944) enlisted in the US Air Force in 1942 (age 17) by identifying himself as 18 years old because his parents did not agree to sign off on his enlisted. He was positioned as the ball turret gunner with the "Shade Ruff" crew on the B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed the "Gloria J", which was shot down near Hanover Germany in 1944. His closest living relatives reside in the state of New Jersey, USA (three nieces (with in-laws), three great nephews (with in-laws), two great-great nephews, and one great-great niece).

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  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

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  • John Risi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    John Mario Risi (Jan 18, 1925 - April 11, 1944) enlisted in the US Air Force in 1942 (age 17) by identifying himself as 18 years old because his parents did not agree to sign off on his enlisted. He was positioned as the ball turret gunner with the ...

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Date Contributor Update
26 March 2020 13:54:51 DanielPilling86 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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This picture was taken when Johnny enlisted and was sent to his family in Philadelphia. Its is the only known picture of him and was kept by his sister, Lillian, is now kept by her family.

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