BESONE, JOHN JOSEPH, First Lieutenant, # 0-519121, USAAF


John J. Besone was born on 9 October 1918 in Bakersfield, Kern Co., California, to Joseph F. Besone (1889-1938 (born Italy) and Jennie (Candana) Besone (1889-1968). A brother was George Leo Besone (1916-2009). He graduated from High School in Bakersfield, CA. He was married to Norma Jean (Myrick) Besone (1922-2009) on 2 May 1944.


He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 818 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, California, employed by Paul Masson Champagne Co., and described himself as 5’7”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Los Angeles, California, on 19 December 1941 as an aviation cadet. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the C-47 Skytrain transport and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 June 1945, a C-47A, # 41-38746, assigned to Air Transport Command, Assam Wing, India, B Squadron, departed the airfield at Dum Dum, India, on an air resupply cargo mission, eventually to land at the airfield at Jorhat, India. It never landed. After recover from the American military cemetery in India, the remains of crew and passengers (Besone, Adoff, McLauchlin, Melichar were buried in a group burial (Burial 4570, GB-530) and ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 15 March 1950 (Sec. 79, Graves 279A, 280B, and 281C). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal

George Leo Besone

John J. Besone

ADOFF, MORRIS, Corporal, # 32879914, USAAF


Morris Adoff was born in 1924 in New Jersey to Frank Adoff (1900-1949) (Bealato, Russia – arrived 1919) and Frieda (Vogel) Adoff (1900-1949). Siblings included Florence (Adoff) Rakofsky (1920-    ), Harry Adoff (1923-2001), Gloria Adoff (1929-    ), George Adoff (1933-    ), and Esther (Adoff) Wasserman. He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman by his mother. His father was a tailor in 1919.