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 John Heller, Seeking personal recollections (4 Replies, Read 12252 times)
Elutzow
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I am seeking anyone who has a personal recollection of my father, John Heller, from his service with AVG.
He died in 1999 in Tucson, AZ.
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BillC
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The Pistole book lists him as having left the group before July 4, 1942, when they officially disbanded. Recollections will be hard to come by as there are only, I believe, ten AVG members remaining.


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      John E. Heller-Home of Record Milwaukee, Wisconsin left the AVG 3/17/42.
  :-( Did not complete his contract  and did not recieve an Honorable Discharge.
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John Heller
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The timing of his departure is about what I understand. I did not understand that he was not honorably discharged but I have no records of that.  Do you have records to support that? Why he left before contract? 
You should know he was travelling to US on merchant vessel, Quaker City, in May, 1942. Quaker City, a Hog Islander freighter,  was torpedoed in south Atlantic and sunk by U-boat. My father, was travelling as passenger after discharge from AVG and enroute to US to re-enlist in US Army.  He did survive the sinking with some members of crew. After eight days in life boat, he and those in his life boat were rescued at Barbados. He served in World War II and was honorably discharged.
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The SS Quaker City was sunk on May 18, 1942 by U-156 commanded by W. Hartenstein. The U-156 was subsequently sunk on March 8,1943 with all hands by US aircraft. That John Heller was not 'honorably' discharged from the AVG does not necessarily mean that he performed in a 'dis-honorable' manner. Gen Chennault was adamant though, that anyone who did not complete his/her one year contract, would not be considered as 'honorably' discharged .


Edited by BillC : November 9, 2010, 12:07 am
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