John R. Kane
Born: January 5, 1907, MacGregor, Texas
Died: May 29, 1996, (age 89), Coatesville, Pennsylvania
John Riley Kane was a Colonel in the United States Army Air
Forces and later the United States Air Force and a World War II Medal of
What do you know about Colonel John R. Kane. Take this Quick World
War II and Medal of Honor Quiz.
1. He attend Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he was a star
basketball and baseball player. He was fortunate to be one of the
survivors of the January 1927 collision between the bus carrying the
basketball team and a train in Round Rock, Texas. The ten students
killed would become known as the Immortal Ten, a homecoming ceremony
recognizing those killed would become a Baylor tradition.
2. Upon graduation in 1928, Kane moved to Shreveport, Louisiana and
later joined the Army Air Corps. When did he join?
- June 1931
- June 1934
- June 1939
3. By July 1942 Kane was a Major and was assigned to the 98th Bomb
Group flying missions in Africa. What was the group's nickname?
- Killer Bees
4. While there he flew 43 combat missions and eventually was promoted
to full Colonel and assumed command of the 98th. What was his nickname?
- Buck Kane
- Slaughter Kane
- Killer Kane
5. On the August 1, 1943 Ploesti Raid, what was the name of his B-24?
- Hail Columbia
- America the Beautiful
- Star-Spangled Banner
6. Following their briefed path the 98th, flanked by the 44th Bomb
Group led by Colonel Leon W. Johnson flew alongside the railroad yard
they led into the refineries. It was there that they were engaged by
flak batteries that were hidden inside box cars on a moving train.
7. Colonel Kane engaged the enemy flak pieces with a group of fixed
.50 caliber machine guns that he had mounted in the nose of his B-24.
When he had exhausted the weapons ammunition he ordered his gunners to
destroy the train�s engine.
8. Once they reached the target his group released their bombs on the
Asta Romana and Columbia Aquila refineries before heading back to their
9. It was there that the heavily damaged B-24 would crash land and be
written off as a total loss. They plane would be unceremoniously dumped
off a cliff the next day.
10. When did Colonel John R. Kane retire from the Air Force?
11. Where is John R. Kane buried?
- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
- Elizabethtown City Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
- Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Texas