JOHN H. THEIL, 2LT, USAAF

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: March 4, 1944
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

John Hughes Theil resigned on September 9, 1939 because he was "deficient in studies, second term's work. Continued with class pending reexamination. Reexamined and again deficient. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign."

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.

Loss

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John was lost when his P-51 Mustang fighter went missing over the North Sea on March 4, 1944 while returning from a mission to Berlin. He was one of six men from his squadron — and another five from a sister squadron — who crashed in heavy fog.

John was assigned Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 2848 following his loss. His service number was 43-6492.

There is a presentation on the 363rd Fighter Group that mentions John several times, but have been unable to successfully download it.

John is #4 in this picture of pilots from the 382nd Fighter Squadron, 363rd Fighter Group. Date unknown.

Memorial Hall Error

John is identified in Memorial Hall as a member of the Air Force (USAF); this organization didn't exist until several years after his death. Should be Army Air Forces (USAAF).


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