1st Lieutenant John Earman , USAAF - 431 Squadron  

 

Newspaper photograph of 1st Lieutenant John Earman ,  wearing RCAF aircrew in training uniform.

1st Lt. John Earman (USAAF) of Harrisonburg, Virginia was one of thousands of American citizens that came north to join the RCAF prior to the United States entering the Second World War. 1st Lt. Earman piloted Halifax bombers with 431 Squadron and was killed along with four other members of his crew April 27/28, 1944 while carrying out operations to Friedrichshafen. 

Like many U.S servicemen, he later rejoined the United States Army Air Force but continued to serve with a Canadian squadron.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown Age
1Lt John Earman USAAF Pilot Harrisonburg, Virginia -
Sgt James Graham RAFVR Flight Engineer Notting Hill, London 22
F/O W.G Dudley - POW RCAF Navigator - -
P/O Hubert Pond RCAF Bomb Aimer Halifax, Nova Scotia 20
F/O D.M King - POW RCAF W/Op/AG - -
Sgt Lloyd Perry - POW RCAF M/U Gunner Miscouche, PEI -
Sgt John Cooke RCAF Rear Gunner Hamilton, Ontario 21

 

 

 

(Photos and Information Courtesy of Patricia Smith, Daughter of Sgt. James Graham)