John Rauth

Picture of John Rauth JOHN F. RAUTH, born 15 January, 1921 near Manley, Nebraska, grew up on a farm near York, Nebraska. Attended Catholic Grade and High School at York. Enlisted in Army Air Corps 14 August 1940, Ft. Crook, Nebraska. Attended Radio School, then Radio Operator Mitchell Field, New York until accepted into Aviation Student program as a corporal in January 1942.

Graduated Spence Field Georgia as Staff Sgt. Pilot, Single Engine, Sept. 1942. Went directly into 319th Fighter Sqdn., Hartford Connecticut, where was checked out in P-40. Moved to Hillsgrove, Rhode Island, then to Langley where we got New P-40's, took off Carrier USS Ranger January 1943 into Morroco.

Went into Combat with 325th Gp. in Tunisia, flew top cover with B-25, B-26 and A-19.

Shot down on 33rd mission, 23 July, ‘43 off coast of Sicily, picked up and taken prisoner by Italians, who later surrendered to F.0. Rauth. (35, in fact, Made all papers as Sgt. York of Air Corps). Returned to finish 46 missions in P-40. Drew Commission out of Hat in Oct., assembled Jug's at Casablanca, checked out and flew them to Tunisia, where we trained until we moved to Foggia, Italy in December.

Flew 6 missions in Jug's until grounded with 52 missions. Made 1st Lt., came home on ship. Sent to Craig Field as Flite Inst. T-6.

Married Elizabeth (Betty) Cobb of Jermyn, Penna. (cousin of Albert J. Moon, of same class, same sqdn., and same tent for 14 Mos.). Left Air Corps 30 July 45 with 756 hrs. flying. Went to Parks College, St Louis University, became instructor.

A and E Instructors, License. Moved to St. Joseph, MO, 1952, went into construction business. Joined MO Air National Guard 54, flew T-6, C-47, B-26 (Douglas) T-33, F-80, RF-84F and C-97.

ROPA’d out at age 49, Lt. Col with 29 years and 4600 hours.

Father of 7 children, have 6 grandchildren. Had a heart attack in 1970, Good Recovery.

In my eighth year as retired member of State Board of Directors of MO National Guard Association. Operating our own Construction Co. with help of Betty and Son Mike, also a Guardsman.

(Bio from P47 Pilots Association "Coffee Table" Book)

UPDATE: From wife Betty Rauth 

I am the wife of John Rauth. My name is Betty Rauth. John passed away last week on August 2, 2008. We were married for 64 years on Aug 5, 2008.

John's bio is a little out of date. At the time of his death, he had 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Also, in the last paragraph, his son's name is mis-spelled. It should be "Mike" instead of "Mik".

John published his life story in 2004 in a beautiful book titled "Seven Hours A Prisoner".

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John Abbotts P-47 transition followed at Pocatello, Idaho and Greenville, Texas after which he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England. When the news of his arrival reached Berlin, Hitler retired to his bunker with his cyanide capsule and revolver. Eva found the news equally depressing.
Asa A. Adair He returned to the States in August of 1944 after participating in the invasion "D" Day. He flew P-63's, P-51's, F-80's, T-33's, F-84's, T-38's, P-47's in numerous assignments during the following twenty years in in, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe before retiring after twenty-six years of Active Duty.
Edward B. Addison The 507th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47N's, won the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying 32 Japanese aircraft in the air on one mission to Seoul, Korea. The average flying time for raids to Korea and Japan would be 7 to 9 hours flying time. In a total of 31 months, the 507th not only provided top cover for B-29's, but also dive-bombed, napalm-bombed and flew low-level on strafing missions.
Levon B. Agha-Zarian It is rumored that he, took his primary training on a flying rug. He flew Spits, briefly, in England, but as the, war moved to the East, he was sent to India as a Sgt. Pilot and first saw action from Ceylon, flying the Curtiss P.36, the Brewster Buffalo, and the Hurricane. At this point he might have opted for the rug! This was at the time of the fall of Singapore and the sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse.
George N. Ahles Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron Barksdale Field, Louisiana. . Group moved to Hunter Air Base Savannah, Georgia. Qualified for Pilot training November 1940. Entered Aviation Cadets January 1942. Presented wings November 1942 class of 42-J. Married Mary Louise while in Advanced Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama, September 1942.
Roy J. Aldritt Shortly after the group moved to France he ran into some unseen flak and was forced to make a nylon descent behind the lines; some evasion and a lot of luck had him back with his unit in 24 hours.
Eugene J. Amaral After graduation from Stonington High School he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December 1942 and was called to active duty in March, 1943. He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Georgia as a member of the Class of 43-C.
Talmadge L. Ambrose Flew 84 missions thru VE Day, was downed by 22mm ground fire over Siefried Line. He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft, 9 known confirmed in air and on ground, including 4 FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany, April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Meda1s with 5 Battle Stars and Unit Citation Medal.
John C. Anderson After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T .0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
William Anderson It was not always flak,two ME-109's beat the hell out of me one day. The central controller called me and said "Basher-Red Leader do you have contact Bandits," I replied, "I sure do, I'll bring them over the field in 3 minutes, they're chasing me home." Got all the usual medals including two Belgium and two French but one I'm most proud of is the Silver Star -it is the greatest.
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