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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Forces 2
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 3
Birth:
25 Dec 1920 2
1918 1
Peeples, Hampton, South Carolina 4
South Carolina 2
South Carolina 1
Death:
22 Jan 1944 3
22 Jun 2017 2
Combat Mission/Mediterranean Sea 2
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Lt Hohn H Lightsey, KIA, 22 June, 1944 310th Bomb Grou, 380th BS, B-25's
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Lt Hohn H Lightsey, KIA, 22 June, 1944 310th Bomb Grou, 380th BS, B-25's "IN HONOR OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 1942 WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY"
Lt John H Lightsey, KIA, 310thBG,380thBS, KIS 22 June, 1944
Lt John H Lightsey, KIA, 310thBG,380thBS, KIS 22 June, 1944
Lt John H Lightsey, B-25 Pilot, 310thBG,380thBS, KIA /22 June, '44 /MTO
Lt John H Lightsey, B-25 Pilot, 310thBG,380thBS, KIA /22 June, '44 /MTO
310thBG,380thBS, Lt John H Lightsey, "Wall of Memories" Florence, Italy
310thBG,380thBS, Lt John H Lightsey, "Wall of Memories" Florence, Italy
American Battle Monuments, Memorial for Lt John H Lightsey, Jr. 310thBG,380thBS, KIA 22 June, 1944
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North American B-25J Mitchell Bomber, Medium.jpg
Nicknamed "HOW 'BOOT THAT"; assigned to the 310th Bombardment Group, 380th Bombardment Squadron; A/C #44-28925.
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Also known as:
Uncle PIE 6
Also known as:
" PIE " 6
Person:
John Herman Lightsey 2
John H Lightsey 1
Level of Education: 4 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
25 Dec 1920 4
1918 1
Peeples, Hampton, South Carolina 5
South Carolina 4
South Carolina 1
Male 4
Death:
22 Jan 1944 3
22 Jun 2017 6
Combat Mission/Mediterranean Sea 6
Cause: Shot-Down, Pilot of a B-25 Mitchell 6
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Birth:
Mother: Addie Rosella Tuten 4
Father: John Herman Lightsey 4
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 2
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 3
Enlistment Date:
11 Sep 1941 1
Service Number:
O-449983 7
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
34096971 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft Jackson Columbia South Carolina 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Pilot /Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters 6
Occupation:
Professional occupations, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0752 1
Film Reel Number: 1.269 1

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Lt John H *PIE* Lightsey, Pilot, 310thBG,380thBS, KIA

North Africa

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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"

 

 

 

 

John Herman Lightsey, Pilot (KIA)

South Carolina

John's Family;

1Lt John H Lightsey, Jr
Birth:  1918
Death:  Jun. 22, 1944
Note: Entered the service from South Carolina.   
Burial:  Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Florence, Toscana Region, Italy  

Ancestry.com~One World Tree:
John Herman Lightsey, Jr.  
Birth:  25 Dec 1918
Death:  22 Jan 1944 - Italy
Parents:  John Herman Lightsey, Addie Rosella Tuten

1930 Census/Peeples/Hampton Co./South Carolina/Roll  
J Herman Lightsey/Head of Household/37
Addie Lightsey/Wife/37
Herman Lightsey/Son/9
Hugh Lightsey/Son/4yrs-11mos
Rosalind Lightsey/Daughter/2yrs-8mos

1LT. John Herman Lightsey, Jr. ~KIA~ 22 June 1944

380th BS Mission Report No. 271:
22 June 1944
Target: Leghorn Harbor
Our planes gave an excellent account of themselves today as several vessels in the Leghorn Harbor were sunk, but a dear price was paid for the damage sustained when two of our air craft were shot down by flak. Only one man was saved from the two crews. The flak at the target was heavy, intense, and very accurate. One of our aircraft returned to base.

B-25; Serial No. 43-4018; MACR: 6090
P: Peterson, Frank (NMI), 1LT-KIA
CP: Lightsey, John Herman, Jr., 1LT-KIA
B: Hunt, Joe H.; SSGT-KIA
R: Morgan, William C., SGGT-KIA
G: Ptach, Albert A., SGT-KIA
TG: Pizzimenti, Thomas J., SGT-KIA

B-25; Serial No. 43-4042; MACR: 6089
P: Quitta, James V., 1LT-KIA
CP: Helgeson, William B., 2LT-LWA-Survived; Rescued
B: Slagle, Robert E., 2LT-KIA
R: Vest, John E., SSGT~MIA-POW-RTD
G: Carvell, Salvatore Anthony, "Tony", SGT-MIA-POW-RTD
TG: Watkins, William F., SGT-KIA

ADDITIONAL:
Lt. Quitta's aircraft received a direct flak hit over the target in the bomb bay section which set the oil system of the right engine on fire and caused other heavy damage to the aircraft. One crew member, possibly the tail gunner, SGT. W.F. Watkins, was believed to have bailed out over the target but no further news on him has been heard. Believing it possible to return the ship to base, Lt. Quitta returned the burning aircraft to within twenty miles of Corsica. Here the plane blew up just as Lt. Quitta gave the orders to abandon ship. Lt. Helgeson was picked up by Air Sea Rescue after he had parachuted down, but sustained a broken leg and other injuries in leaving the plane. Lt. Quitta's body was taken from the sea, dead from drowning, but with a broken leg, broken nose, and other injuries; The bombadier, Lt. R.E. Slagle and the turret gunner, Sgt. S.A. Carvell are known to have gone down with the aircraft.

Lt. Peterson's aircraft received a direct hit in the right wing over the target from flak which set fire to the right engine. This fire soon covered the entire right side of the plane, and the plane went flaming into the sea. One parachute was reported seen coming from this plane, but no further information is available on this crew.

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