HERDIC, JOHN ROBERT, First Lieutenant, # 0-681885, USAAF
John R. Herdic was born on 30 August 1921 in Williamsport, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania to Carl Wesley Herdic (1883-1948) and Emily May (Fisher) Herdic (1889-1978) (married 15 November 1919, Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., PA). Siblings were Mary (Herdic) Chatham (1914-1994) and Carl Wesley Herdic Jr. (1920-1992). He attended Duke University, Dorham, North Carolina.
He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, a student, resided at 1650 Graham Road, Williamsport, PA, and described himself as 5’3 ½”, 137 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted (enlisted service # 13090444) in the USAAF 26 June 1942 and reported for active duty 12 December 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools, trained as a navigator and bombardier as well, and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent through India to China about 24 February 1944. On 19 January 1945 a B-25H, # 43-4604, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, Yangkai, China, on Ha Trung, China. Witnesses to the crash of the B-25 were Capt. James L. Flanagan, 0-393441 and Sgt John C. Vivensio, 31007553. Sgt Vivensio reported that he saw the B-25 on a strafing run on target at 800’ when it rolled onto its back and crashed and exploded about 1 mile west of the target in Annam (Vietnam; French Indochina), near Duong Diao, French Indochina. Capt. Flanagan verified this and flew over the crash several times taking pictures. The crash coordinates were 20° 8’ North and 105° 50’ East. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania.
His brother, Carl W. Herdic Jr., born 11 July 1920, served in the USAAF, Major, 0-792118, from 18 December 1941 to 30 September 1945 (overseas 10 January 1944 to 12 July 1944) and subsequently in the USAF. He died 20 January 1992 and is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia on 14 February 1992(Sec. 3N, Row 1, Grave 2).
His father, Carl W. Herdic, born 11 September 1893, served in WWI, in the U.S. Army, Second Lieutenant, 383rd Infantry Regiment, from 27 November 1917 to 6 December 1918. No overseas assignment. He died 14 October 1948 and is buried in the Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania.