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John Cook Alison


John entered the service on 27 March 1942 from Scott Field, Illinois. He enlisted as a Private (# 36 0570121. He had four years of college education, was Single, without dependents, and his civilian occupation was listed as: "Agents and appraisers, n.e.c." He was in Class 43-10 at South Plains Army Air Field, Texas.
John married on 12 November 1945; he and his wife had two children. They raised registered Holstein dairy cattle and registered Shropshire sheep.
John was listed in the Mission Detroit orders as the pilot of CG-4A #42-62750, being towed by C-47A #42-100576, Chalk #17. On 437th TCG order #45, dated 03 August 1944 he is listed as being moved with other 437th TCG Glider pilots to an undisclosed location – probably that was in support of Operation DRAGOON, later that month. The Operation Varsity, Serial A-9 orders list him as pilot of CG-4A, #42-??329, Chalk #96; towed by C-47A #42-100650, Chalk #8.
He appeared on the rosters of the 437th TCG Association as a member from 1972 until 1986.


Units served with

  • 437th Troop Carrier Group

    437th Troop Carrier Group

    Constituted as the 437th Troop Carrier Group on 15 April 1943, it was activated on 01 May 1943 in Dunnellon, FL. They trained with C-46 and C-47 aircraft for duty overseas with the Ninth Air Force. They moved to England during January and February of...

  • 85th Troop Carrier Squadron

Associated Place

  • Ramsbury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training station, Ramsbury was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 28 pan and 24 loop hardstandings, and two T2...

  • Coulommiers

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Illinois, USA 17 January 1912
Died Illinois, USA 21 September 1986


Date Contributor Update
19 May 2018 22:14:39 jaxticotribute Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

SPAAF - Class 43-10 Classbook
Herald-Whig, Quincy, Illinois
437th TCG Association Reunion Books
Mission Orders