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Backius, John C.

Rank and Name, Corporal John C. Backius.

Unit/Placed in, 433rd Troop Carrier group, 68th Troop carrier squadron, United States Army Air Force.


John is born approx. on 1917 in Massachusetts.


John enlisted the service in New York with service number # 31423410.


John‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a C-47  were,

  1. Robert E. Gennette            Pilot

Corporal       John C. Backius                Crew Chief

Corporal       Richard A. Gass                 Asst. Crew Chief

Corporal       Doyle L. Simmons              Radio Operator

Tec3.            Edward M. Kelly               Passenger

Tec5.            Paul P. Dunlap                  Passenger

Tec5.            Lloyd E. Smith                  Passenger

Pfc.              Manuel S. Alderette           Passenger

Pfc.              Thomas E. Gehringer         Passenger

Pfc.              Joseph P. Peragine            Passenger

Pfc.              Ernest Huber                    Passenger

Pvt.              James B. Ellis                   Passenger

Pvt.              Joseph S. Markullis            Passenger

Pfc.              Grant. C. Ruchtie              Passenger

Corporal       Broadus F. James              Passenger

Tec5.            Noel N. Knox                    Passenger

Pfc.              L.W. Natson                      Passenger

CWO            George Bloomer                Passenger

SSgt.            Paul A. Gallick                  Passenger

Civilian         Dr. Isabel Walstrom           Passenger

SSgt.            Carlton K. Nipher              Passenger

Pfc.              Lester M. Kranz                Passenger

SSgt.            Robert H. Meyers              Passenger

Sgt.              Kingdon G. Ford                Passenger

Sgt.              William B. Campbell           Passenger

Captain        Melvin D. Deck                  Passenger

Sgt.              Melvin R. Robinson            Passenger

LtJg.            C.J. Cycenains                   Passenger

Pfc.              Joseph M. Barone              Passenger

John died when his plane crashed in San Pedro Bay due to the weather they wanted to turn, natives saw it exploded mid Air on 6 Sep. 1945,  he is honored with a Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


John is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.


Thanks to, https://pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/c-47/42-23860/c47-sure-skin-left.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and ww2-europe.com.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

68th Troop Carrier Squadron
433rd Troop Carrier Group
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Tacloban Airfield, Phillippines
Nose-Art plane
His rank Corporal