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La Bar Jr. , John W.

Name and Rank, Private John W. La Bar Jr.

Unit/Placed in, 36th Bomber Squadron, 28th Bomber Group (Heavy).


John was born approx. on Aug. 27, 1921 in Columbus,  Indiana.

Father, John W. La Bar.

Mother, Esta M. La Bar.

Sister, Katherine L. La Bar.


John entered  the service from Indiana with service number # 15099278.


John W. La Bar Jr. was a  Tail Gunner/Crew (B-17) in the 36th Bomber Squadron .


John’s  crewmembers and their positions on the plane a B-17 were:


Capt.                 Thomas M. Manfield            Pilot

2nd Lt.              Irving Bergman                   Co-Pilot

1nd Lt.              Francis C. Cornwell             Navigator

1st Lt.               Lyle A. Slocum                   Bombardier

Sgt.                   Paul V. Orval                      Engineer

Cpl.                   Edgar  L. Rogers Jr.            Radio Operator

Pvt.                  Edwin T. Bottelson              Left Waist Gunner

Pvt.                  Wilfred M. Hellebrand          Tail Gunner

Pvt.                  John W. La Bar Jr.             Right Waist Gunner


John W. La Bar Jr. was KIA they were hit by AA from the Japanese Ship Takao, and they crashed near Dutch Harbor, Alaska on June 4, 1942, and he is honored with the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Badge, Marksman Ship Badge, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


John is buried at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

Courts of the Missing.

He is also Mentioned at Memorial To The Missing, Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA.


Thanks to https://pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-17/41-9084.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

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/

The pilot of his plane was Thomas F Mansfield.  On June 4, they attacked the Japanese cruiser Takao, which was part of a 7 ship fleet (including  aircraft carriers) trying to make an air attack on Dutch Harbor.   The B-17 took a direct hit as Mansfield tried to make a very low level attack  (almost at deck level) on the cruiser.  The B-17 burst into flames and then smashed into the water just short of the Takao and sank immediately.  Nobody could get out of the plane before it sank.   The attack was witnessed by the crew of a second B-17.

36th Bomber Squadron
28th Bomber Group
Cold Bay Airfield, Alaska
His rank Private