Please except my sincere heartfelt condolences for John's passing. He was a Hero for all man kind. His pilot during WWII was 1st Lt H.P. Lerwick we would like to honor him with a crew photo which we don't have.
Donald 401st Bomb Group Historian
Uncle Jack has always been a strong, benevolent presence in the lives of my brothers and sisters and myself. He was our mother Agnes's only brother, known to each of us since birth, almost as familiar as our parents. In our younger years Jack often stayed with us, and that experience of five kids in a small house may have contributed to his decision to remain a lifelong bachelor.
He is part of my earliest memories. I dimly recall him and a couple of his buddies visiting us on Poe Avenue in the Vailsburg section of Newark, the first home I can remember, sometime around 1950. They had come up from exotic, faraway Miami, and all wore jazzy, brightly-colored shirts. They were all veterans, making up for lost time.
Jack, like many of his generation, was indelibly stamped by his experiences in the Second World War. From a Depression era teenager idly watching planes take off at Newark Airport, he was transformed into a valued crewmember on a mighty B-17, battling through the perilous skies over Nazi Germany. He would witness daily the fiery loss of comrades on the dangerous daytime missions, and the blessed relief of his own safe landing in England. Day after day.
He emerged from the ordeal a proud and highly-decorated veteran, with a sense of duty and purpose that served him well the rest of his life. There was never anything frivolous about Jack Healy. He was an honorable, serious and forthright man, a good neighbor and a loyal friend. He lived a long and contented life, secure in the love and respect of his family. We are saddened, but grateful he passed in so peaceful a manner.