SADLER, JOHN W., Corporal, # 34362014, USAAF


John W. Sadler was born on 1920 in Tennessee to Homer B. Sadler (1896-1957) and Allsie Bell (Johnson) Sadler (1898-1965). Siblings included Hazel B. (Sadler) Long (1922-2003), Mazel Lee (Sadler) Boyd nee Richardson (1922-2000) (twin of Hazel), Bill “Billie” Marshall Sadler (1930-2004) and Sarah Laverne (Sadler) Kuehn (1934-1998) and James Harold Sadler (    -2004). He was married to Myrtle M. (Caverns) Sadler on 13 June 1942 in Caruthville, Pemiscot Co., Missouri. They had a daughter, Janice Marie Sadler (1944-1973). His wife and child lived in Elbridge, Tennessee when he died.


He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, on 28 July 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief, engineer) on the C-46 Commando and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India on 5 June 1943. On 31 January 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24708, assigned to 10th Air Force, Station 9, Mahanbari, India, departed its airfield on a cargo mission to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It crashed in Arunachal Pradesh (a state), India. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.


His maternal grandfather, Samuel Joseph Johnson, born 9 June 1839, served as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Company K, and was one of the “Immortal 600.” He died on 12 June 1900 and is buried in the Johnson Cemetery,

John W. Sadler

Bill M. Sadler

Homer B. and Allsie B. Sadler

Grandfather Samuel J. Johnson