His brother, Vernon D. Paradise, born 15 January 1915, in Texas, enlisted in the U. S. Army (service # 38038644) at Dallas, Texas, on 14 February 1941. He died 7 May 1944 a Private in Germany.


His brother, Bonnie M. Paradise, born 24 February 1907, in Red River, Texas, enlisted in the U.S. Army in Dallas, Texas, on 9 April 1942. He died in 1949 in Texas.



On 9 July 1944, a flight of P-51-A-10 Mustangs, including # 43-6282, assigned to the 311th Fighter Group, 530th Fighter Squadron, took off from the 10th Air Force field at Tingkawk Sakan, India, on a mission to intercept enemy aircraft south of Myitkyina, Burma. A P-51-A-10, 43-6282, flown by Capt. John F. Emery, 0-665185, was shot down by enemy fighters 20 miles south of Sahmaw, Burma, at about 1305 hours. Witnesses were 1stLt James E. Wall, 0-422740, and 1stLt Ferdinand H. Wilbourne, 0-799294. Wall last saw Emery and Wilbourne had radio contact with Emery. Two hours were spent over the same area that day and other pilots flying missions the next day found no trace of Emery’s aircraft or him. 1stLt Wall reported: Immediately after enemy fighters dove on B-25s and then fired on their formation, he saw Emery break away on a 30-degree dive with coolant streaming from under the fuselage.


1stLt Wilbourne reported: He saw a P-51 below him make passes at an enemy Oscar. He joined in that chase south down the Irrawady to the bottom of the Love-William area. He shot off the tail of an Oscar then pulled up sharply. He lost sight of the other P-51 and the other Oscar underneath. He was jumped by a Zero and took evasive action into clouds. About 15 minutes later, over Bhamo, he heard whom he thought was Emery calling on GI 3, and gave his position as 20 miles south of Sahmaw. He reported 3 Tojos at that position. He heard no other radio reports. Wilbourne stared there but due to dense clouds could no see anything. He headed toward Myitkyina.


EMERY, JOHN “JACK” FREDERICK, Captain, # 0-665185, USAAF


John F. Emery was born 30 October 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Valmer Charles Emery (1886-1970) and Ester (Oeschle) Emery (1899-1986). Siblings included Valmer C. Emery Jr. (1920-1944) and Robert Leroy Emery (1921-2009).