January 9, 1919 (New York, NY) – January 4, 1945; 25 years old
Married to Celine B. Roll (1920-2006), on June 28, 1941; no children
Last local address: Bettswood Road, Norwalk
Service number: O-571544
XIII BOMBER COMMAND, HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON
Earle was reported missing and ultimately declared dead on January 5, 1946. Recorded circumstances attributed to: “Missing in action or lost at sea”. He was a passenger on B-24J #44-41383 that was assigned to the Headquarters Squadron, XIII Bomber Command.
B-24J #44-41383 took off, with a crew of 5 and 2 passengers, from the Pitoe Airfield, Morotai Indonesia on an administrative flight to Carney Field, Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands.
They landed at the Momote Airfield, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea, as scheduled, for refueling. After takeoff from Momote they were not seen nor heard from again. All onboard were lost.
Airmen who perished on B-24J #44-41383:
Earle, John A ~ Capt, Passenger, NY
Freeman, Bernard G ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, IN
Leard, Ernest F ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, OK
McKenzie, Lester L ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, KS
Mitchell, Courtney L ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, KY
Picone, Jake ~ 1st Lt, Passenger, AL
Wiley, Richard D ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, OH
Memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.