John R. Kane

BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Army Air Forces

HOMETOWN
McGregor, TX

HONORED BY
Ralph Bozorth

ACTIVITY DURING WWII

AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR. COLONEL, U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS, 9TH AIR FORCE. PLACE AND DATE; PLOESTI RAID, RUMANIA, AUGUST 1, 1943. ENTERED SERVICE AT SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, GO 54, AUGUST 9, 1943. RECEIVED CITATION FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY IN ACTION AND INTREPIDITY AT THE RISK OF HIS LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY ON AUGUST 1, 1943. ON THIS DATE HE LED THE THIRD ELEMENT OF HEAVY BOMBARDMENT AIRCRAFT IN A MASS LOW LEVEL BOMBING ATTACK AGAINST THE VITALLY IMPORTANT ENEMY TARGET OF THE PLOESTI OIL REFINERIES. EN ROUTE TO THE TARGET, WHICH NECESSITATED A ROUND TRIP FLIGHT OF OVER 2,400 MILES, COLONEL KANE'S ELEMENT BECAME SEPARATED FROM THE LEADING PORTION OF THE MASSED FORMATION IN AVOIDING DENSE AND DANGEROUS CUMULOUS CLOUD CONDITIONS OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. RATHER THAN TURN BACK FROM SUCH A VITAL MISSION HE ELECTED TO PROCEED TO HIS TARGET, UPON ARRIVAL AT THE TARGET AREA IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT ANOTHER GROUP HAD APPARENTLY MISSED ITS TARGET AND HAD PREVIOUSLY ATTACKED ??AND DAMAGED THE TARGET ASSIGNED TO COLONEL KANE'S ELEMENT. DESPITE THE THOROUGHLY WARNED DEFENSES, THE INTENSIVE ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE, ENEMY FIGHTER AIRPLANES, EXTREME HAZARDS ON A LOW LEVEL ATTACK OF EXPLODING DELAYED ACTION BOMBS FROM THE PREVIOUS ELEMENT OF OIL FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS AND DENSE SMOKE OVER THE TARGET AREA, COLONEL KANE ELECTED TO LEAD HIS FORMATION INTO THE ATTACK. BY HIS GALLANT COURAGE, BRILLIANT LEADERSHIP, AND SUPERIOR FLYING SKILL, HE AND THE FORMATION UNDER HIS COMMAND SUCCESSFULLY ATTACKED THIS VAST REFINERY SO ESSENTIAL TO OUR ENEMIES' WAR EFFORT. THROUGH HIS CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY IN THIS MOST HAZARDOUS ACTION AGAINST THE ENEMY AND BY HIS INTREPIDITY AT THE RISK OF HIS LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY, COLONEL KANE PERSONALLY CONTRIBUTED VITALLY TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS DARING MISSION AND THEREBY RENDERED MOST DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN THE FURTHERANCE OF THE DEFEAT OF OUR ENEMIES.