England, John Brooke, MAJ

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Last Rank
Major
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1081-Fighter Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1954, US Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1947

Aviation

Major



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Home Town
Caruthersville, Missouri
Last Address
Toul-Rosières Air Base, France

Date of Passing
Nov 17, 1954
 
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John England finished World War II as a TRIPLE ACE, credited with 17.5 aerial victories, including FOUR in a single day, for which he received the Silver Star.
 
He was the leading ace of World War II from Missouri and England City Park in Caruthersville, Missouri has a memorial in his honor. Part of the inscription on the plaque reads "This memorial of Colonel England is dedicated to and represents the highest tradition of American fighting men lost in wars fought for the preservation of our freedoms.
 
In 1952, he was assigned to Alexandria Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana as commander of the 389th Fighter-Bomber Squadron where he flew the F-86 Sabre. The squadron deployed to Toul-Rosières Air Base, France in the fall of 1954. After taking off on 17 November 1954, his engine flamed out and he was killed while trying to avoid a barracks building. For this selfless act, Alexandria AFB was renamed England Air Force Base
 
 
 
   
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Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the World War II


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain (Air Corps) John B. England (ASN: 0-739263), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action as a Pilot of the 362d Fighter Squadron, EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a fighter sweep over Germany, on 27 November 1944. Sighting a formation of approximately fifty hostile fighters, Captain England unhesitatingly led his Flight to the attack. By skillful maneuvering, he gained the initial advantage of surprise and was successful in destroying two FW-190s. Having become separated from the rest of his Flight, he never-the-less exhibited utter disregard for personal danger by engaging alone another large force of enemy aircraft. Although only three of his guns were now operational, he pressed home his attack with such forceful determination that he was able to shoot down two more enemy planes before withdrawing. Captain England's gallantry and zealous desire to destroy the enemy at all costs served as an inspiration to all who participated in this action.


General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Air Force, General Orders No. 66 (May 8, 1945)


Action Date: 27-Nov-44


Service: Army Air Forces


Rank: Captain


Company: 362d Fighter Squadron


Division: 8th Air Force



 


 


 


 


 

   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, US Army Air Force/USAAF Training (Kelly Field, TX), A/1
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Army Garrison Yuma Proving Ground, AZUSAAF 4th Army Air ForceUSAAF 8th Army Air ForceUS Air Force
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1056, Army Garrison Yuma Proving Ground, AZ
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1056, USAAF 4th Army Air Force
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1056, USAAF 8th Army Air Force
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1081, USAAF 8th Army Air Force
  1947-1954, US Air Force
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