MONTERO, JOHN FERMIN, Sergeant, # 39835954, USAAF
John F. “Johnnie” Montero was born on 20 April 1922 in Winnemucca, Humboldt Co., Nevada, to Ramon Montero (1884-1980) (Spain – Basque) and Fermina Francisca “Marie” (Bedarle) Montero (1896-1972) (France) (married in 1918). Siblings included Raymond G. Montero (1918-1975), Fermin Antonio Montero (1920-1922), Helen Dominica (Montero) Rauscher (1927-2011), Albert Montero (1930-2016), Laurence Montero (1931-2006). Living with them in 1920 were Fermin Montero (1892-1952) (Spain) and a paternal uncle, Miquel Montero (1883- ). Living with them in 1940 were his maternal uncle, Michael Bedarle (1882- ) (France), a maternal aunt (Frances Bedarle (1898- ) (Spain), and cousins Mike Montero (1918- ) (Spain), Michel Bedarle (1919- ) (NV), Lewis Bedarle (1921- ) (NV), Frank Bedarle (1923- ) (NV), Leonard Bedarle (1924- ) (NV), David Bedarle (1927- ) (NV), Alice Bedarle (1928- ) (NV), Morris Bedarle (1931- ) (NV), and Josephia Bedarle (1933- ) (NV).
He registered for the WWII draft on 1 July 1942, resided in Leonard Creek, Winnemucca, Humboldt Co., Nevada, employed by (President of) the Pine Forest Land & Livestock Co., and described himself as 5’6”, 158 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 29 October 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He departed for an overseas assignment to India and China. On 15 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6261, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 45th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Chakulia, India, on an operational mission to the airfield at the advance base at Hsing-Ching, China. It was last seen at about 0240 Zulu at the airfield at Jorhat, India.