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Keeling, John Dillman

Rank and Name, Luitenant John Dillman Keeling.

Unit/Placed in, Patrol Bombing Squadron 109, United States Navy.


John is born approx. on 1920 in Missouri.

Father, John T. Keeling.

Mother, Mildred E. Keeling.


John enlisted the service in Kansas with service number # 0-098585.


John‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a PB4Y-1 were,

Lt.            John D. Kneeling                Plane Commander

Ensign       Keith W. Radcliffe               Co Pilot/Navigator

Ensign       Henry Baier Jr.                  Co Pilot/Navigator

Amm1c.    William L. Willocks              Plane Captain/Air Gunner

Aom1c.      Frank R. Kramer                 Aerial Gunner/Ordnance man

Arm1c.      William F. Kreier                 Aerial Gunner/Radio Operator

Arm1.       Alexander J. Boyd               Aerial Gunner/Radio Operator

Amm2c.    Melvin R. Rager                  Aerial Gunner/Mechanic

Afc2c.       James R.T. Caswell              Aerial Gunner/Ordnance man

Arm2c.      Peter G. Ilacque                  Aerial Gunner/Radio Operator

Amm3c.    James E. Krieger                 Aerial Gunner/Mechanic

Aom3c.      Lawrence R. Conroy            Aerial Gunner/Ordnance man



John was KIA when a Japanese tanker they attacked fired back with the Anti-Aircraft and hit the plane on Aug. 6, 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished 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.

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to, http://www.vpnavy.com/vp109.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

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

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

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

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


Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

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






Patrol Bombing Squadron 109 (VF-109)
NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii
His rank Lieutenant