M.417  First Officer  John Robert Scribbins
 flag usa  b. 14 Apr 1919, Decatur, Illinois 19 Mar 1941 to  17 Mar 1942




Father: John Adin Scribbins, an architect, Mother: Lula Irene [Nelson] of 510 McKinley Ave, Kewanee, IL

 Ed. Kewanee High School; Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Purdue University, Sep 1937 - June 1939

 at West Lafayette, Purdue University 1938


prev. Asst Records Engineer for Allison Engineering, Indianapolis, Indiana

prev. exp. 325 hrs in Cub, Aeronca, Taylorcraft, Waco F2, F7, Cabin (private owner)

 Draft Card, dated 1940

Address in 1941: 1217 N New Jersey St, Indianapolis, IN

 Postings: 2FPP, 15FPP, 3FPP, 1FPP


Off sick from 18 Jan to 26 Feb 1942 with "Twisted Ankle", which he did alighting from a taxi Anson


Suspended 2 May 1941 for a week, without pay, due to "breach of flying regulations"


2 accidents, both his fault:

- 14 Jun 1941, he landed tail-first in a Hurricane and the tailwheel broke off

- 29 Aug 1941, his Master I collided with an Oxford and crashed into a fence while trying to take off;

Suspended 30 Aug 1941 for 4 days and fined $10 for "flying aircraft contrary to instructions, subsequent accident"


Reprimanded 13 Mar 1942 for using a camera at White Waltham (to take pictures of the King and Queen when they visited the airfield on 13 Feb 1942). "The lightness of the award is due to the fact of F/O Scribbins' excellent record while in ATA, and the fact that he has only 9 days more to complete before the end of his contract"


"A keen pilot and a good officer"

The ATA offered to extend his contract, but he transferred to RAF Ferry Command

 d. 30 Dec 1942 in Boston IIIa BZ238, which went missing between Georgetown, British Guiana, and Belem, Brazil. The navigator and radio officer were also lost.




Commemorated in Oak Lawn Memorial GardensGalesburgKnox CountyIllinoisUSA


A Board of Officers was convened at White Waltham on the 13 Nov 1944, to decide what do do with "3 badly damaged books of Technical Notes belonging to the late F/O J R Scribbins". They sent them for incineration.


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