8th Air Force,
491st BG(H), 854th BS
Killed in Action 26 November, 1944,
Misburg Oil Refinery Mission, Minden, Germany
-- Kay Martin Sandhoff --
Johnnie H. Martin, Jr. loved his Country and believed in the cause of freedom. He volunteered
for the Army Air Force, because, "I don't want somebody else doing my fighting for me." He entered
the military on November 10, 1942, at San Antonio, Texas. He was stationed at Blackland Army Air
Field, Waco, Texas, Wichita Falls, Mineral Wells, and Harlingen, Texas, and took overseas training
at Tonopah Army Air Field, Nevada. On November 26, 1944, Johnnie was on his fifteenth mission when
the 491st, Squadrons 853rd, 854th, and 855th, were attacked by German fighters, and sixteen of the
27 Liberators were downed.
Johnnie's only child is wanting to contact William H. Mooney, Robert W. Simons, and Charles M. Scott,
crewmembers who survived as POWs, as well as family members of the other KIAs: Thomas S. Tolin,
Donald U. Romberger, Robert Richards, Harvey B. Duncan, Robert J. Burnett, and Theodore Raybould.
If anyone has information on these persons, please contact the American War Orphans Network.