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John Henry Bornemann


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John Henry Bornemann Obituary
John Henry Bornemann b. 1920 in Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away peacefully Friday, August 12. Born on a small farm with 7 older siblings, John took on a support role for the older siblings when their mother died from a fall. He never lost his cleaning and cooking skills. His auto mechanic career was cut short when he was drafted into the Army in 1943. He tested into the Army Air Corps and trained to be a crew member on a B-24 Liberator bomber in the 13th Air Corp stationed in Australia and Pacific islands. He survived all 35 missions, outlasting 6 damaged planes and numerous crew members. He mustered out as a master sergeant and nose gunner with 1.5 kills. He received one of his medals for crawling out on the bomb bay catwalk and releasing an entangled altitude bomb. At the end of the war he married an Australian WAC -- Phyllis May Bayliss in Townsville, Aus. in 1945. After the war they moved back to Cincinnati, but the weather didn't fit the Australian so they moved to California where he received his Air Corp training. He found employment with Rome Cable/Torrance Tubing (1948) and retired as a master carpenter in 1978, (a few years before they cut up the factory and shipped it to Korea). His longevity in retirement can be attributed to daily enthusiasm and vigorous gardening. He was predeceased by wife, Phyllis (2006) and all his friends and co-workers. John is survived by a daughter, son and 5 grandchildren. The memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. at McKenzie Mortuary, 3843 E. Anaheim, Long Beach. Please sign the guestbook for John at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 17, 2011
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