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John Swofford 1
04 Apr 1917 1
Aug 1986 1
Last Residence: Midlothian, IL 1
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Social Security Number: ***-**-0010 1

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John Calvin Swofford, WWII Navy Pilot


Martin PBM Type "Flying Boat" for Patrol, John Swofford was a NAVY Pilot

U S NAVY, Lt John C Swofford, Navy Pilot with the VP Squadron 202 and 208 in the Pacific during WWII. 

Carbondale, Illinois | Thursday, May 10, 1945 (From his WEDDING article)

   .....   John enlisted in 1941 and recieved his wings in Dec. 1942.  He has had one years duty in the Carribean Area after which he was transferred to duty in the Pacific.  Lt Swofford, a Patrol Commabder of the E M B has served in the Hawaiian Islands, the Martial Islands, the Mariana Islands, Saipan and Palau, and the Philippines.  At Present, he is stationed at Corpus Christi, TX where he and his bride are residing.   

   After the War;   John and his wife had Twin Girls on 9 Oct. 1947.

***Don Enlow, B-26 WWII Historical Researcher says;  23 Oct. 2102   I just viewd the flight log book of a Navy pilot John C Swofford is his signature on each page I have found a John Calvin Swofford born 4 April 1917 Died 25 August 1986 I believe what information I have found he lived just outside Chicago in Cook County I looked through the obits of the Sun-Times did not see anything on John. In his log books he flew with VP Squadron 202, and VP squadron 208 He flew what was called a PBM-3 and a PBM-5 ....~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    John was an only child, no siblings, no cousins;    JOHN C SWOFFORD, his FAMILY is below; U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: John Swofford;  Gender: Male;  Birth Date: 4 Apr 1917;  Death Date: 25 Aug 1986
SSN: 338120010;  Branch: NAVY;  Enlistment Date: 12 Feb 1942;  Release Date: 31 Oct 1945
Cook County, Illinois Death Index, 1908-1988
Name: John Calvin Swofford;  Death Date: 25 Aug 1986;  Death Location: Cook County, IL
File Number: 48642;  Archive Collection Name: Cook County Genealogy Records (Deaths)
Archive repository location: Chicago, IL;  Archive repository name: Cook County Clerk


*** Martin PBM-  The Martin PBM Mariner was a patrol bomber flying boat of World War II___  . It was designed to complement the Consolidated PBY Catalina in service. A total of 1,366 were built, with the first example flying on 18 February 1939 and the type entering service in September 1940.

United States Navy;

VP-200 and VP-208..... 

Data from Jane’s Fighting Aircraft of World War II[30]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Seven
  • Length: 79 ft 10 in (23.50 m)
  • Wingspan: 118 ft 0 in (36 m)
  • Height: 27 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
  • Wing area: 1,408 ft² (131 m²)
  • Empty weight: 33,175 lb (15,048 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 56,000 lb (25,425 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Wright R-2600-12 14-cylinder radial engines, 1,700 hp (1,300 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 178 kn (205 mph, 330 km/h)
  • Range: 2,600 nmi (3,000 mi, 4,800 km)
  • Service ceiling: 19,800 ft (6,040 m)
  • Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.1 m/s)


  • Guns: 8 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns (two each in nose, dorsal and tail turrets, one each in blisters amidships)
  • Bombs: 4,000 lb (1,800 kg) of bombs or depth charges or 2 × Mark 13 torpedoes

John Calvin Swofford


John Swofford's Marriage, 10 May, 1945

John Calvin Swofford's FAMILY; (4 April, 1917 to Aug. 1986)

1945; Married to Ruth; Carbondale Free Press | Carbondale, Illinois | Thursday, May 10, 1945 (Please see newspaper Article).

1947; Carbondale Free Press | Carbondale, Illinois | Thursday, October 09, 1947

  BIRTH;  Mr. and Mrs. John C. Swofford. Jr., of St. Louis announce the birth of.  twin daughters Tuesday, October 7, at 11:55., p. m. in The Deacones Hospital there. Mrs. Swofford was formerly Miss Ruth,
Donyette Hiltenbrandt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin C. Hiltentbandt, of St. Louis. Mr. Swofford is the son of John C. Swofford, Sr., and the late
Mrs. Swofford of Carbondale.

1920 Census;  /De Soto, Jackson, Illinois; Roll: T625_376; Page: 8B;
Enumeration District: 53
Household Members: Name Age
John C Swafford 39
Olga Swafford 28
John C Swafford 2 ***
1930 Census; /Carbondale, Jackson, Illinois; Roll: 520; Page: 1A; Enumeration
District: 4;
Household Members: Name Age
John C Swofford 49
Olga L Swofford 38
John C Swofford 12 ***
1940 Census; /Carbondale, Jackson, Illinois; Roll: T627_814; Page: 1A;
Enumeration District: 39-8
Household Members: Name Age
John Swofford 59
Olga L Swofford 47
John Swofford 22 ***

JOHN's MOTHER;  Carbondale Free Press | Carbondale, Illinois | Thursday, October 02, 1947 |
Page 1
Mrs. John Swofford Dies At Hospital; Funeral Sunday
Mrs. Olga Lee Swofford, 314 W. Jackson St., wife of John C. Swofford,
died at Holden hospital at 5:40 a. m. today at the age of 56.

Besides her husband she is survived by a son, John C. Jr.; two
brothers, S. H. Lee of Portland, Ore., and Norman I. Lee of Covington,
Ky.. and a sister, Mrs. P. C. Meyer of Benton.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p. m. Sunday in the First
Methodist church with the Revs. Clyde S. Clark and C. C. Hall officiating.
Burial will be in Benton,

The body is at the Huffman Funeral home, and friends may call
after 2 p. m. Friday.

Mrs. Swofford has been a resident of Carbondale for 27 years.
1947;  Carbondale Free Press | Carbondale, Illinois | Thursday, October 09, 1947

On the nineteenth day of September Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-One, in La
Crosse, Wisconsin,
Ogla Elfreda Lee, daughter of Otto and Emma Lee was born, and on the second
day of October
nineteen Hundred Forty-Seven, entered into rest, at the Holden Hospital.

She was married to John C. Swofford, on the fifteenth day of April Nineteen
Hundred and Sixteen.
To this union was born one son,John.C. Swofford, Jr.; who survives her. She
is also survived
by her husband, two Brothers, Sigurd Lee, of Portland, Oregon, Norman Lee,
of Covington, Kentucky
and one sister, Mrs. P. C. Meyer, of Benton, Illinois.

Early in life she united with the Lutheran Church in the City of her birth,
and since making her home
in Carbondale, as long as her health permitted, took part in the activities
of the Methodist Church.

The passing of Olga Swofford from the midst of her friends has removed one
of the beloved personages
of our City. Those who had the privilege of knowing her intimately, knew
an individual with infectuous
lovableness; knew that she made and kept stead-fast friends; that she was a
good woman; a woman of faith,
loyalty, devotion, honor and love.

She bore her illness wonderfully and heroically. She sweetly greeted those
who visited her, but
everyone who, lives must die. To one's own home one is but on a visit,
never knowing but that she
may be gone tomorrow, but knowing all this, dear Mrs. Swofford had the
Faith, that while death can
blot out physical life, yet the Spirit is Eternal, How blessed now to feel
that she is safe in the arms of
Jesus, who, giveth His beloved sleep

Death is another life, We bow our head,
At going out, we think and enter straight
Another golden chamber of the Kings;
Larger than this we leave and lovelier
Then in shadowy glimpses, disconnect
The story flower like closes thus its leaves
The Will of God is All in All.

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