Son of Elizabeth E. Swanner (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Brother of Katherine Swanner (Arlington, Virginia)

T/Sgt J.H. Swanner was an Engineer on aircraft B-17E, Serial number 41-2525, Nickname Madame X. They departed from Henderson Field on 10 June 1943 and took the South Route to Treasure Island. Their intended misstion was to strike the Kahill Airdrome.
Search for this missing crew was made on 11 June 1943 by three 31st Bomb Sq (H) planes led by Captain Carroll. Results were negative. Several Navy planes also searched and results were also negative.
On 12 June 1943 two 31st Bomb Sq (H) planes led by Captain Roberts conducted a search and again the results were negative.
Inasmuch as this missing crew apparently went down over or close to the target area, search was very difficult.

Finding of Death date is registered as 19 December 1945
Crew members:
Pilot 1st Lt Richard A. Snoddy
Co-Pilot 1st Lt Frank De Sprague
Bombardier T/Sgt Lawrence O. Habermehl
Navigator 2nd Lt Ernest N. Bowser
Engineer T/Sgt J.H. Swanner
Asst Engineer S/Sgt Lawrence E. Hill
Radio Operator Carl M. Mosher
Asst Radio Operator Sgt Clifford M. Wolff
Gunner S/Sgt Frederick H. Swonsey

Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines

  • Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Date of death: 10 June 1943
  • County: Knox
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 31st Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: W.K. Lakenan, Jr.

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