LtCol. John D. Landers


(J. Zdiarský (www.museum119.cz) from the Dave Jewell collection)

LtCol. John D. Landers

38th FS - 25 April 1944 - 10 October 1944

Assigned Aircraft

P-38 CG-O
P-51D CG-O 44-13923 "Big Beautiful Doll"  (Robert and Donna Sand)

Mission History

Not known

Mission List
55th FG  Mission #

Date

Target

85 28 April 1944 Chateaudun (flew as Yellow 2)
97 21 May 1944 Chattanooga No. 1
107 02 June 1944 Versailles/Matelot (led group as a Capt.)
148 12 June 1944 Rennes (led group as a Capt.)
164 25 June 1944 Area Support
177 07 July 1944 Bernburg
180 11 July 1944 Munich (led group)
185 19 July 1944 Russelshein (led group on 1st P-51 Mission)
187 21 July 1944 Kempton (led B group)
191 29 July 1944 Merseberg (led group)
197 05 August 1944 Brunswick (led group)
198 06 August 1944 Gdynia, Poland (led group)
204 11 August 1944 Strasbourg (led group)
217 24 August 1944 Dresden, Germany
219 26 August 1944 Nancy-Culmont, France (led group)
220 26 August 1944 Strasbourg, Germany (led group)
223 30 August 1944 Bremen (led group)
225 05 September 1944 Stuttgart (led group)
229 10 September 1944 Nurnburg (early return due to radio being out)
232 12 September 1944 Leipzig (Squadron Leader)
240 25 September 1944 Ludwigshafen (led group)
241 26 September 1944 Bremen (flew as White Leader and led group)
244 30 September 1944 Bielefield (flew as White Leader and led group)
Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable  
Damaged

4-0-1 (plus 6 with 49th FG, PTO & 4.5-0-0 with 357th and 78th FGs)

Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged

4-1 (plus 16-0 with 357th and 78th FGs)

Score Detail 21 May 1944  (.5) u/i a/c destroyed (ground) E/Helmstedt
21 May 1944  (.5) u/i a/c destroyed (ground) E/Helmstedt
25 June 1944  FW-190 destroyed (air) SW Paris
25 June 1944  FW-190 damaged (air) SW Paris
07 July 1944  (3)Me-410 destroyed (air) Bernburg
24 August 1944  (2)Ju-88 destroyed (ground) Burg A/F
05 September 1944  Ju-88 destroyed (ground) Stuttgart/Boblingen
05 September 1944  u/i a/c damaged (ground) Stuttgart/Boblingen
Notes John Dave Landers was born on 23rd June 1920 in Rexroat, Carter County, Oklahoma.
He attended flight school at the Ryan School of Aeronautics in San Diego, California. Landers was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAAF and received his wings on 12th December 1941 - just two days after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour.
Landers served with the 49th Pursuit Group, 9th Fighter Squadron in the Pacific Theatre, achieving 6 credited victories against the Japanese. He evaded capture in December 1942 after being shot down and bailing out of his fighter plane near Dobodura, New Guinea.
After a period as a flight instructor in the United States, Landers joined the 55th Fighter Group.
ASN - 0-431968
25 April 1944 - Captain John D. Landers assigned and joined 38th Squadron
05 May 1944 - Appointed Squadron Operations Officer
09 June 1944 - Promoted from Captain to Major
18 September 1944 - Promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel
September 1944 - Oak Leaf Cluster to Silver Star
Went to the Headquarters of the 357th FG on 10 October 1944 and then went on to become CO of the 78th FG on 22 February 1945.

Crew included T/Sgt. Vincent Hrupek

Passed away on 12th September 1989

Awards
Memories
Additional Photos LtCol. Landers in cockpit of his P-51D (via Nathan Howland)

LtCol. Landers and crew next to P-51D CG-O "Big Beautiful Doll" (via Nathan Howland)

Crew member next to LtCol. Landers' P-51D CG-O "Big Beautiful Doll" (via Nathan Howland)

P-51D CG-O 44-13923 "Big Beautiful Doll" (via Nathan Howland)

P-51D CG-O 44-13923 "Big Beautiful Doll" (via Nathan Howland)
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