Dains, John Leroy, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF 1056-Pilot Single-Engine Fighter
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1941-1941, AAF 1056, Army Garrison, Wheeler Army Airfield HI
Service Years
1940 - 1941


Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mount Olive, Illinois
Last Address
Wheeler Field, Hawaii

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
N, 1171

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 Unit Assignments
USAAF 5th Air ForceArmy Garrisons
  1940-1941, AAF 1056, USAAF 5th Air Force
  1941-1941, AAF 1056, Army Garrison, Wheeler Army Airfield HI
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941
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Last Known Activity
A pilot with the 47th Pursuit Squadron, 2nd Lt. John L. Dains was one of the first pilots to take to the air to defend Hawaii on the date of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He is one of the pilots who actually did what you see in the movies about Pearl Harbor: Got into a car with buddies and raced to the field where only a few airplanes were ready, to get into the air to fight. New research strongly suggests he shot down the first Japanese fighter that day. Flying an older airplane on his final mission of the day, he was misidentified by U.S. gunners on the ground and shot down while trying to land his airplane. An aggressive and talented pilot whose loss was a personal tragedy for his family and a blow to the nation and the military as a whole, he was the first U.S. combatant pilot casualty of World War II and the first such "friendly fire" casualty of the war.

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