John Potter Collection Description

JOHN POTTER (d. 1984). World War Papers; 1942-1943, 1945. .1
cu. ft.

John Potter joined the U.S. Air Force in Iowa in 1942. He was
assigned to the 337th Service Group at Elmendorf Air Force Base
in August, 1942, and transferred to Ft. Glenn, Alaska, in September,
1942. From December, 1942, to August, 1943, he served in the Aleutians
with the 36th Bomber Squadron and the XI Bomber Command as a photographer
with the rank of staff sergeant. He participated in various raids
and attacks on Japanese installations in the Aleutians, and in
April, 1943, he was awarded the Air Force Air Medal for his actions.
John Potter remained in the Air Force until his retirement in
1970. He died in 1984 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The collection consists of notes, newspaper and magazine articles,
and official orders. The articles and notes concern flying in
the Aleutians and the war in the area. The official orders concern
the awarding of the Air Medal to John Potter and other persons.

The collection was presented to the archives by the Alaskan Air Command Historian’s Office in 1988.

HMC-0203

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