|Lt. Sauber in his P-40 Warhawk|
John S. Sauber could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on March 26, 1917 in Minnesota. His mother was also born in Minnesota. His father was born in Wisconsin and worked as a wholesale silks salesman. John had an older brother. He had completed four years of college and his occupation was manufacturing automobiles.
John enrolled in the Army Air Corp on December 27, 1940 before the war started. He became a second lieutenant in the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force flying P-40 Warhawks.
On July 12, 1942 Lt. Sauber and three other P-40 pilots took off from Livingstone Airfield near Darwin, Australia for a training mission. During a simulated dogfight, Lt. Sauber's plane struck one of the other planes. The other pilot survived the collision, but Lt. Sauber did not and his plane crashed.
|Lt. Sauber's wingman drew a picture of Sauber's midair collision.|
His remains were returned to be buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
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