1/Lt. John Courtney

(F. Birtciel)

1/Lt. John Courtney

343rd FS - 08 September 1944 - March 1945

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CY-Z
P-51D CY-C

Mission History

Completed a combat tour

Mission List

55th FG  Mission #

Date Target
272 16 November 1944 Photo Recon. Escort, Duren Area
320 19 February 1945 Nurnberg
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes Home of record, Walden, New York.
October 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
April 1945 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
Ground Crew - (Left to Right) Sgt. Rydberg, Sgt. Lewis, Lt. Courtney and T/Sgt. Ketchum (Photo opens in new window.  Close new window to return to this page)
Memories 'He was assigned to my flight from November 1944 to March 1945.  One fine wingman.' (Frank Birtciel)
'He was flying my wing on November 16, 44 and the squadron had to land at Manston due to weather.  We touched down and I kept an eye on him on my right wing.  He had locked brakes and gradually nosed up and up until the prop hit and he skidded to a stop standing on the nose and main gear.  No injuries.' (Frank Birtciel)

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