John Childress was born in 1925 in Tennessee, the son of Otto Childress and Ethel Cox.

Sergeant Childress was killed in action in 1944. He is buried in Lynnhurst Cemetery in Knoxville. He enlisted with the Air Corps. He was a crew member of aircraft B-24 with serial number 42-52562. Aircraft 42-52562 collided in mid-air with aircraft 41-29364 over England. Both planes crashed about 5 miles from the Attlebridge airfield.

Crew members
2nd Lt Teddy F. Ivey
2nd Lt Worthington W. Phillips
2nd Lt Prosper F. Pinto
2nd Lt Frank Raymond Sanderson
Sgt John N. Childress
Sgt James F. Crawford
Sgt Arnold F. Hawkins
Sgt Sandlin J. Jordan
S/Sgt Joseph Russo
Sgt Edwin A. Stewart

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The Knoxville Journal, July 20, 1948
Sgt. John N. (Johnny) Childress, age 19, of 1921 Tenth Avenue, Fountain City, was killed in England, March 27, 1944. He was a membefr of the Oakwood Methodist Church, student Knoxvilel High School. Entered service Nov. 1, 1942, serving in the 785th Squadron, 466th Bomber Group, Eight Air Force, stationed at Cambridge, England. He served as engineer gunner.
Survivors: parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Childress; brother, James R., all of Fountain City.

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of death: 27 March 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Fountain City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 785th Bomber Squadron, 466th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Bottom Panel
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