John L. Sparks

John L. Sparks was an engineer in the 513 squadron.  He was part of the Donald Sawyer crew.

John wrote the following about one mission:

Engineer John Sparks on Don Sawyer's crew in the 513th knew he was supposed to wear his chute at all times in enemy territory.

"It was a pain to go back and forth in the bomb bay with the chute on, so I left it off," Sparky related.

"Well, on one mission, Sawyer caught me and gave me hell. 'If you fall out of this airplane without that chute, I won't worry about what will happen to you,' Sawyer barked. 'But I'll be writing reports the rest of my life!'"


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At the 2017 reunion, the board approved the donation of our archives to the Briscoe Center for American History, located on the University of Texas - Austin campus.

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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


DATES: Sep 15-18, 2022

CITY:Wichita, KS

HOTEL: Wichita Marriott

9100 Corporate Hills Dr.

Wichita, KS


Click here to read about the reunion details.

previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Broken Wings of Zlatibor

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

Full Circle

Shadows of Wings

Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War

I Survived Ploesti

A Measure of Life

Shot Down In Yugoslavia

Stories of My Life


Born in Battle

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen