1944 — North Africa
John's nickname is PIE... To his Family (Uncle PIE) and to his B-25 310th BG, 380th BS, he was known as "Pie" :)
John joined the Army Air Corps 11 Sept, 1941 from "FT JACKSON COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA" 34096971 John had completed 4 years of College, and was still single.
ACTIVITY DURING WWII -- 310th Bomb Group, 380th Bomb Squad, B-25 Mitchell Medium Bombers. John was the Pilot of his B-25 the day he was on the Mission to Via Cassia, Italy.
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal; Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Additional Army Awards
Publication Number: M1380 Publication Title: Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1941-1948 Publisher:
NARA Short Description:
NARA M1380. Over 16,000 case files of Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) and related records of the US Army Air Forces, 1942-1947. Year: 1944 Serial Number: 43-4018 Report Number: 6090 Location: 46°45' N-12°55' E _____Point Of Departure: Manduria, Italy.
MACR 6090, Ship #43-4018
John was shot-down over the Mediterranean Sea. His friend, a Wm Alexander came to visit his parents, Herman and Addie, after he returned and personally told them about their son.
FLEW 50+ MISSIONS AS B-25 PILOT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND NORTH AFRICA,
BEFORE BEING SHOT DOWN IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA ON JUNE 22, 1944.
Above Monument; IN HONOR OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 1942
WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY
1Lt. John Herman Lightsey, Jr. was a
FOUR YEAR Graduate of Clemson University,
Class of 1942:
Location: South Carolina Botanical Garden
Location: Inside the Cadet Life Garden
Material/Size: Cast bronze/24" x 36" x 1/2"