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John William Childers

Military

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Prentice Boston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Elkin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Kraham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 98th Bomb Group
    Dick graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1940 where his exceptional baseball skills were noted by the New York Herald Tribune when they wrote an article about him that the "Birthplace of Baseball May Spawn Star." While working in advertising in...

  • Richard Morrow

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Swanson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Reuben Weltha

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. 50 x combat missions. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Johnnie White

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 8AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

Aircraft

  • 41-11766 Chug A Lug

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Leroy B Morgan, returning to Libya, 1 KIA [T/Sgt James VanNess, NJ] and 2 WIA (2nd Lt Victor Larson - Navigator, and T/Sgt Robert L. Tipton - Engineer).

Associated Place

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Talent, OR 1 January 1920

Son of William Albert and Ethel [Robison] Childers.

Enlisted Portland, OR 16 January 1942

Portland, Oregon

Based Benina 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Medford, OR 13 July 1995
Buried Stearns Cemetery, Talent Jackson County, OR 16 July 1995

Stearns Cemetery
Talent,
Jackson County, Oregon

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2020 17:42:22 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/637862786
https://www.fold3.com/record/73644897-john-w-childers
https://www.fold3.com/record/90922758-john-w-childers
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/24214120/john-william-childers

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2020 17:39:08 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/637862786
https://www.fold3.com/record/73644897-john-w-childers
https://www.fold3.com/record/90922758-john-w-childers
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/24214120/john-william-childers

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