668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Sgt. John J. Griffith Jr.

Gunner,  20224338

Killed In Action - Mar 18, 1945

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 1922, Camden, Camden County, New Jersey

Entered Military Service: Date: 28-Oct-1942 At: Camden, NJ From: Camden County, New Jersey
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 20224338

Missing: Memorial at Lorraine American Cemetery, St Avold, France, Tablets of the Missing

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry     Overseas American Cemeteries
American Battle Monuments Commission Memorial, Certificate
Fields of Honor Database

A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

Four planes were presumed to be lost to flak when they failed to return to base. The planes went down in the vicinity of the PPF IP, northeast of the town of Bingen. Two planes went down in the vicinity of the target. ... No chutes were seen to emerge from any of the planes that were lost. The crews are all listed as MIA. ... #213 was seen by two crews to leave the formation in the target area with a fire in the cockpit after a direct hit in the left engine on the bomb run. Its crew was Lt C.J. Vars and S/Sgt J.J. Griffith. ... [April, 1945] There were several changes in the status of men listed as MIA: ... Lt C.J. Vars, from MIA to KIA [Erroneously]... [May, 1945] These official changes in status were received by the Personnel Section: ... 2/Lt C.J.Vars, from MIA to RMB (hospitalized for battle wounds).
(416th BG History 1945)

See also MACR 13155 and Mission # 239

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry
National World War II Memorial Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission Certificate

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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