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John Victor Griffin


John V. "Jack" Griffin was the oldest son of George Joseph Griffin and Irene Margaret Bailey Griffin. His sister, Patricia Griffin Burch, refers to him as "the handsome one". Per her recollection, he always wanted to fly and took private lessons in the Seattle area. He joined the Army Air Force, trained at March AAF Base in Southern California, and married there before his deployment to Europe.


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Born Seattle, WA, USA 11 March 1921
Enlisted 14 September 1943
Died Houffalize, Belgium 26 December 1944

Armed reconnaissance during Battle of Bulge; target was Malmedy, Belgium, but he was shot down on a dive bombing run over Houffalize on the way to Malmedy.

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery, 6269 NA Migraten, Netherlands

Buried at: Plot H Row 15 Grave 12


Date Contributor Update
03 January 2015 17:14:02 gvperrin Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Sources include the Missing Aircrew Report (declassified), data from the American Battle Monuments Commission,, and photos and recollections from his surviving sister, Pat (Griffin) Burch. Jack Griffin and Pat Griffin Burch are first cousins of my paternal grandmother Teresa Porter Perrin.