||John H. Person was the son of Charles H. and Ethel Person of Oshkosh, WI. He graduated from Racine, High School and enlisted in June 1940 in the Army Air Force. He was trained as a bombadier at Camp Scott. He was recalled to duty April 1, 1942 and received further training in Alabama, St. Louis, and Mathers Field, Sacramento, CA where he became a navigator on B-17 Bombers. On June 30, 1942, he flew in a B-17 over Oshkosh and landed in Milwaukee where he met family members. He married Jane Erickson in Sacramento on April 4, 1942. The couple had a daughter, which he never saw. He shipped to England on August 1, 1942 and was assigned to the 353rd Bomb Group. They flew several bombing missions and Person was awarded the Air Medal with two clusters. The unit was transferred to North Africa and his B-17 was shot down ten miles off the coast of Sicily. He was listed as missing in action on April 18, 1943. He was officially listed as presumed dead in May 1944.
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||Letter from John H. Person, 353rd Bomber Squadron, Army Air Force, to his mother, Ethel Person, in Oshkosh, WI.
Lt. J.H. Person 0-724067
353 Bomb Squadron
A.P.O. 520 %Postmaster
New York, N.Y.
March 8, 1943
Dear Mother & All,
Just a few lines to let you know I am O.K. I received your Xmas presents. The one I liked the best, strange as it may seem was the jackknife. You can't imagine how handy a knife is. It can be used for anything from opening cans of beans and beef stew to cutting the rope on our emergency life raft. The latter fortunately I haven't had to do, thank heavens and I hope I never do have to.
Yes, I have been getting the Oshkosh Northwestern.
I wrote Kathryn and Mickey a letter some time ago and addressed it to 3340 Victory Ave. I don't remember however; if that was the right address or not, but imagine they will get it O.K.
I suppose by now that my young hopeful has been born. I haven't received any word from Jane though as yet. I'm still sweating it out.
My hopes are very high for getting home before many more months go by.
I have been married almost a year now, but haven't seen very much of my wife during that time. Oh, well she'll probably have plenty of time to get mad at me in the future. So far I haven't even had a chance to bawl her out yet.
Must close now.
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||Person, John H.
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United States Army Air Force
European Theater of Operations
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