2nd Lt John A. Norris died non battle due to a airplane accident at Cowlitz County, Washington.
The Wilmington Morning Star, December 5, 1945
Portland, Ore., Dec. 4 – The bodies of four Army fliers were found today in the wreckage of a B-24 bomber, in the rugged hills of Cowlitz County, Washington.
An Army search party from McChord Field, Tacoma, found the plane, one of two which disappreared Nov. 1. Soldiers began a three mile trek to bring the bodies to a logging spur line, where they will be transported to McChord Field.
The bodies were not immediately identified. Earlier, however, the Army had announced that those aboard the bomber carrying four men were 2nd Lt. John A. Norris, Knoxville, Tenn; Flight Officer Robert C. McClean, Adams Garden, Harlingen, Tex.; Staff Sgt. John Sullivan, Dubuque, Iowa and Staff Sgt. Lowell Sauer, Bremerton, Wash. The other bomber carried five men. Hope for all nine was given up several weeks ago.
“I am just passing on some information I have on John A. Morris Jr. T65565. Like my father 2D LT Gilbert W. Milam T65876 killed on June 15, 1945 piloting a B-24 Bomber during combat training at Walla Walla, WA, John A. Norris Jr was killed in a separate B-24 crash. Both Gilbert and John were classmates from the Smyrna Army Air Field, Smyrna, TN January 1945. The Smyrna class went to Lemoore CA and from there John A. Norris Jr probably went to Walla Walla in February 1945. I assume the Norris crash was either in Walla Walla or possibly Lemoore, CA. John A Norris Jr died between Jan 1945 and the end of the War.”
–Submitted by John Michael Milam