John Janssen

S/S JOHN JANSSEN
Staff Sergeant John Janssen, son of Mrs. M. W. Sowaske, Route 3, radio operator with the Army Air Corps, has arrived in England, according to word received here.

Sergeant Janssen, who entered  the service in March 1942, is a graduate of the Ladysmith High School and also attended the Rusk County Normal.

His wife is living at Hollywood, CA.


PROMOTED IN ENGLAND
Staff Sergeant John Janssen, radio operator on United States Army bomber, based in England since November, has been promoted to Technical Sergeant, according to word received by his mother, Mrs. M. W. Sowaske, Route 3, city.

T/S John Janssen Now Prisoner in Germany, Report
Technical Sergeant John Janssen, son of Mrs. M. W. Sowaske, Route 3, Eau Claire, reported missing in action after an American air raid over Germany March 6, is now in a German prison camp.

Word of the Eau Claire man's safety reached relatives Wednesday through the Red Cross.

Sergeant Janssen, who went overseas several months ago, was radio operator in a Flying Fortress. He took part in 21 flights since last November, before the bomber was shot down by the Nazis.


Missing in Action
T/SGT. JOHN JANSSEN
Technical Sergeant John Janssen, radio operator on a Flying Fortress, with a United States Army Air Corps squadron based in England, is missing m action over Germany, according to word received by his mother, Mrs. M. W Sowaske, Route 3, Eau Claire.

Technical Sergeant Janssen, who is a graduate of the Ladysmith High School, entered the service in March 1942. He has been stationed in England since last November. 

His wife is living at Hollywood.


Liberated from German Prison
T/SGT. JOHN JANSSEN
Technical Sergeant John Janssen, United States Army Air Corps, son of Mrs. M. W. Sowaske, Route 3, Eau Claire, who has recently been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and three Oak Leaf Clusters, was among the American war prisoners liberated from Nazi war prison camp, Stalag Luft 4, according to word received by both his mother and his wife, Mrs. Naomi Janssen, Hollywood, CA.

Technical Sergeant Janssen, a radio operator on a Flying Fortress, is a graduate of Ladysmith High School.

He entered the service in March 1942 and arrived in England in November 1943. Shot down over Germany March 6, 1944, he was liberated in April 1945.

The citation for the Distinguished Flying Cross, received by his wife read, "For extraordinary achievement while serving as Radio Operator Gunner on a B-17 airplane on twenty heavy bombardment missions over enemy-occupied Continental Europe. Displaying great courage and skill, Sergeant Janssen, fighting from his gun position, has destroyed one enemy airplane and has distinguished himself by calm and skillful operation of his radio during aerial combat."

Technical Sergeant Janssen received the Air Medal and the Oak Leaf Clusters for fifteen additional bomber combat missions over enemy territory.