Four parachutes opened, three landed in the water and another in trees on an island. The B-24J lost altitude rapidly and crashed into the sea about 100 yards from shore. Upon water impact, the B-24J exploded and burned, and the fire died out immediately. They could still see the tail of the B-24J protruding from the water. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. He was awarded the Distingushed Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart.

CASEY, JOHN DONALD, Staff Sergeant, # 11107843, USAAF

 

John D. Casey was born 13 March 1923 in Massachusetts to John Francis Casey (1879-    ) and Marie E. (Vadeboncoeur) Casey (1888-    ) (Naturalized French Canadian). A brother was David E. Casey (1922-    ). On 19 January 1918, when John F. Casey registered for the WW I draft, he lived at 425 Puchase, Milford, and his next-of-kin was his mother, Susanna Case, of the same address.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Springfield, Massachusetts, on 11 December 1941. He was extensively trained in the mechnics of the B-24 and as a gunner (of a .50 caliber Browning aerial machinegun). He was sent overseas to India. On 15 April 1944 a flight of B-24J bombers assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 9th Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force base at Pandeveswar, India, on a bombing mission to Port Blair. B-24J, # 42-100243, was in the flight and was last seen at about 1212 hours and crashed from fire from enemy aircraft. Staff Sergeants Page and DiBello, in another B-24J, reported that the formation of B-24J bombers was attacked by enemy fighters. The first pass knocked out the # 2 engine of our lead aircraft, flown by 1stLt Allison. It was feathered. The second pass started engine # 1 on fire. The remaining passes concentrated on the crippled B-24J. Their B-24J was on 1stLt Allison’s right and could see that the right waist gun, tail guns, and the left nose turret gun were not firing. 1stLt Allison pulled out of formation and descended to about 300 feet. Four parachutes opened, three landed in the water and another in trees on an island. The B-24J lost altitude rapidly and crashed into the sea about 100 yards from shore. Upon water impact, the B-24J exploded and burned, and the fire died out immediately. They could still see the tail of the B-24J protruding from the water. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. He was awarded the Distingushed Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart.

John D. Casey, H.S. Sophomore, Class of 1941