SHEENAN, JOHN J., JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-807525, USAAF


John J. Sheenan Jr. was born on 8 April 1919 in New Jersey to John J. Sheenan (1896-1982) and Johanna A. (Kildunn) Sheenan (1890-1977). A sister was Mary Anne (Sheenan) Walsh (1917-2001), Francis Augustus Sheenan (1923-1984), and Joseph A. Sheenan (1930-2014).


After completing advanced schools, he earned his commission and pilot wings. He was selected for flying the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-24706, “Windy City II,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron (of which Lt.Col. Hennin was Commander), departed the airfield at Kharagpur, India, on a training flight over Halliday Island and return. The # 3 engine was losing power, then caught fire. The Kidde system (fire surpression) was activated and the fire was under control. The electrical system was deactivated. SSgt Metzger was sent to turn on the “putt-putt” (small generator) and did so. As it was activated, the entire right wing exploded. King, Salisbury, Metzger, Dilioway, Davis and Vavra bailed out and saw the B-29 roll over twice as it went down. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the St. John’s Cemetery, Trenton, Mercer Co., New Jersey. He was awarded the Air Medal.