1/Lt. John E. McDonnell

(F. Birtciel)

1/Lt. John E. McDonnell

343rd FS - 18 September 1944 - 23 December 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D 44-13643 "Sweet Patooty"

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
290 23 December 1944 Trier
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes Entered service from St. Paul, Minnesota.
ASN - O-710726
18 September 1944 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
November 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
November 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
December 1944 - Awarded 1st Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
January 1945 - Posthumously awarded 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
MACR No. 11081
There are two stories concerning Lt. McConnell's fate.  In the first German report, it was suggested that the local police "had some trouble with the captured pilot" and in the second that "A Mustang made an emergency landing, plane 50% damaged, pilot dead."
Lt. McConnell is buried at Plot M, Row 15, Grave 06, Netherlands American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Netherlands.
Additional Photo Photo of Lt. McDonnell's grave at Margraten on Memorial Day 2005 (T. Berendsen)
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