1/Lt. John R. Pruitt

338th FS - April 1943 - 22 December 1943 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H 42-67021

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
04 18 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands
  22 October 1943 n/a "fouled" and was unable to fly
08 24 October 1943 St. Andre L'Eure (Red 2)
09 03 November 1943 Wilhemshaven (Spare)
10 05 November 1943 Gelsenkirchen (Blue 2) (Returned early as left engine was cutting out)
11 07 November 1943 Sweep - Ostend-St. Omer Area (Yellow 4)
15 13 November 1943 Bremen (White 4)
16 25 November 1943 Sweep - Lille Area (Yellow 4)
26 22 December 1943 Osnabruck
Air Scores
Ground Scores

Entered service from Medford, Oregon
ASN - O-743498
22 December 1943 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 01533
2/Lt. Merle Blanchard reported: "I was flying in the same formation with Lt. John R. Pruitt, and we had reached the R/V point about 15 miles from the target when we were attacked by enemy fighters. We dropped our belly tanks and shortly after that I saw Lt. Pruitt's ship dropping down below.  I presumed that he had not yet switched tanks after dropping belly tanks. This is the last time I saw Lt. Pruitt."

1/Lt. Pruitt was from Oregon.  His name is on the Wall of the Missing, Netherlands American Military Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.
(Reproduced with the kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield, from the author's book, Double Nickel, Double Trouble.)

01 February 1944 - Posthumously promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant

Additional Photo Lt. Pruitt's name on the Wall of the Missing, at the Netherlands American Military Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands. (T. Berendsen)
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