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Mission accomplished – John Sanderson’s story

Barbara Ann Dush
Fullerton, Neb.

John Sanderson displays a group of photos depicting what he experienced.

Ask John Sanderson how many enemy planes he shot down during his 48 missions over the South Pacific, and he’ll be quick to tell you he doesn’t know.

Nor does he care.

“You don’t take credit for that,” John pronounced as he rested his cane. “There might be 15 planes flying in formation and every one of the pilots hollering ‘I got it.’ There was no way of knowing whether you did or didn’t, and I’m glad that’s the way they had it.”

Though speaking in humble tones, John proved just how ingenious a farm kid from Hamilton County, Neb., with only an 8th grade education, could be.

“I stayed home and helped farm until it got so bad we were raising nothing; it was the Depression period. Dad didn’t have anything to pay me, so finally I told him I’m going to Lincoln and pick up aircraft. All I ever had was an 8th grade education, but I read a lot as a kid.”

After going through aircraft mechanic school, John landed a job with Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo, New York, working on Curtiss P40 aircraft. But soon after, John decided to enlist in the World War II effort.

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Ask John Sanderson how many enemy planes he shot down during his 48 missions over the South Pacific, and he’ll be quick to tell you he doesn’t know.

Nor does he care.

“You don’t take credit for that,” John pronounced as he rested his cane. “There might be 15 planes flying in formation and every one of the pilots hollering ‘I got it.’ There was no way of knowing whether you did or didn’t, and I’m glad that’s the way they had it.”

Though speaking in humble tones, John proved just how ingenious a farm kid from Hamilton County, Neb., with only an 8th grade education, could be.

“I stayed home and helped farm until it got so bad we were raising nothing; it was the Depression period. Dad didn’t have anything to pay me, so finally I told him I’m going to Lincoln and pick up aircraft. All I ever had was an 8th grade education, but I read a lot as a kid.”

After going through aircraft mechanic school, John landed a job with Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo, New York, working on Curtiss P40 aircraft. But soon after, John decided to enlist in the World War II effort.

Ask John Sanderson how many enemy planes he shot down during his 48 missions over the South Pacific, and he’ll be quick to tell you he doesn’t know.

Nor does he care.

“You don’t take credit for that,” John pronounced as he rested his cane. “There might be 15 planes flying in formation and every one of the pilots hollering ‘I got it.’ There was no way of knowing whether you did or didn’t, and I’m glad that’s the way they had it.”

Though speaking in humble tones, John proved just how ingenious a farm kid from Hamilton County, Neb., with only an 8th grade education, could be.

“I stayed home and helped farm until it got so bad we were raising nothing; it was the Depression period. Dad didn’t have anything to pay me, so finally I told him I’m going to Lincoln and pick up aircraft. All I ever had was an 8th grade education, but I read a lot as a kid.”

After going through aircraft mechanic school, John landed a job with Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo, New York, working on Curtiss P40 aircraft. But soon after, John decided to enlist in the World War II effort.

Ask John Sanderson how many enemy planes he shot down during his 48 missions over the South Pacific, and he’ll be quick to tell you he doesn’t know.

Nor does he care.

“You don’t take credit for that,” John pronounced as he rested his cane. “There might be 15 planes flying in formation and every one of the pilots hollering ‘I got it.’ There was no way of knowing whether you did or didn’t, and I’m glad that’s the way they had it.”

Though speaking in humble tones, John proved just how ingenious a farm kid from Hamilton County, Neb., with only an 8th grade education, could be.

“I stayed home and helped farm until it got so bad we were raising nothing; it was the Depression period. Dad didn’t have anything to pay me, so finally I told him I’m going to Lincoln and pick up aircraft. All I ever had was an 8th grade education, but I read a lot as a kid.”

After going through aircraft mechanic school, John landed a job with Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo, New York, working on Curtiss P40 aircraft. But soon after, John decided to enlist in the World War II effort.

Ask John Sanderson how many enemy planes he shot down during his 48 missions over the South Pacific, and he’ll be quick to tell you he doesn’t know.

Nor does he care.

“You don’t take credit for that,” John pronounced as he rested his cane. “There might be 15 planes flying in formation and every one of the pilots hollering ‘I got it.’ There was no way of knowing whether you did or didn’t, and I’m glad that’s the way they had it.”

Though speaking in humble tones, John proved just how ingenious a farm kid from Hamilton County, Neb., with only an 8th grade education, could be.

“I stayed home and helped farm until it got so bad we were raising nothing; it was the Depression period. Dad didn’t have anything to pay me, so finally I told him I’m going to Lincoln and pick up aircraft. All I ever had was an 8th grade education, but I read a lot as a kid.”

After going through aircraft mechanic school, John landed a job with Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo, New York, working on Curtiss P40 aircraft. But soon after, John decided to enlist in the World War II effort.

Ask John Sanderson how many enemy planes he shot down during his 48 missions over the South Pacific, and he’ll be quick to tell you he doesn’t know.

Nor does he care.

“You don’t take credit for that,” John pronounced as he rested his cane. “There might be 15 planes flying in formation and every one of the pilots hollering ‘I got it.’ There was no way of knowing whether you did or didn’t, and I’m glad that’s the way they had it.”

Though speaking in humble tones, John proved just how ingenious a farm kid from Hamilton County, Neb., with only an 8th grade education, could be.

“I stayed home and helped farm until it got so bad we were raising nothing; it was the Depression period. Dad didn’t have anything to pay me, so finally I told him I’m going to Lincoln and pick up aircraft. All I ever had was an 8th grade education, but I read a lot as a kid.”

After going through aircraft mechanic school, John landed a job with Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo, New York, working on Curtiss P40 aircraft. But soon after, John decided to enlist in the World War II effort.

Ask John Sanderson how many enemy planes he shot down during his 48 missions over the South Pacific, and he’ll be quick to tell you he doesn’t know.

Nor does he care.

“You don’t take credit for that,” John pronounced as he rested his cane. “There might be 15 planes flying in formation and every one of the pilots hollering ‘I got it.’ There was no way of knowing whether you did or didn’t, and I’m glad that’s the way they had it.”

Though speaking in humble tones, John proved just how ingenious a farm kid from Hamilton County, Neb., with only an 8th grade education, could be.

“I stayed home and helped farm until it got so bad we were raising nothing; it was the Depression period. Dad didn’t have anything to pay me, so finally I told him I’m going to Lincoln and pick up aircraft. All I ever had was an 8th grade education, but I read a lot as a kid.”

After going through aircraft mechanic school, John landed a job with Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo, New York, working on Curtiss P40 aircraft. But soon after, John decided to enlist in the World War II effort.