1944 — Italy
John Bober was Les Schreiner's best friend, they flew in the B-25 Mitchells, flying Combat missions as Engineer/Gunners over Italy in 1944.
John Bober and Lester Schreiner were best freinds, John was "Best Man" for Lester when he was wed.......
446th BS, John (Madonna) Bober, New Castle, INDIANA
446th BS, John Bober, Jr. deceased 23 Jan. 1995
446th BS Mission Summary:(Ops Order 250/mission 249) Group Mission # 212: Squadron Mission 175
TARGET:Cassino Abbey, Italy.DATE:15 Feb 1944 Tuesday, 15 February 1944
Type of Bombs:1000 lb.446thPlanes:2
Capt. DeMay, 447thSqdn. led the formation.One element claimed direct hits.Others reported target well covered.Much smoke came from Abbey.Two bursts seen on northeast slope of hill and some west of target.Due to cloud layers over base, formation was split, with result that only twelve planes dropped bombs.Flak was heavy, intense, accurate at target.Three fighters were seen at target, but did not attack.Lt. Kerrdid not take off because of bursted oil line.The following ships returned early because of weather:Capt. Cooper, Major Hunter, Lt. Brellenthin, Lt. Morris, Lt. Herbert, Lt Walker and Lt. Dickson.
A/C No.41-30000 “Ruff Stuff” LeClair, Edward R., 2Lt Hodges, Richard E., 2Lt None Mottley, John F., 2Lt Bober, John (NMI), Jr., Sgt Leary, Edward M., S/Sgt DeBari, Dominick R., S/Sgt
Wednesday, 19 July 1944
A/C No. 43-4074
(picture of seated lady - no name/lettering) Lewis, Vernon (NMI), 1Lt Goodrich, John W., 2Lt None Ricke, Richard O., S/Sgt Bober, John (NMI), Jr., S/Sgt Nemet, Michael (NMI), S/Sgt DeBari, Dominick R., S/Sgt Saturday, 29 July 1944
446th BS War Diary:No Missions.Sgts. Bober and Schreiner are assigned to
57th Wing. to HQ 57 BW 29 Jul 44