– Birthplace: Burlingame, California, USA
– ASN: 0-1166634
– Birthdate: 23 Jan 1919
– Position in plane: Navigator
– Rank: 1st Lt
– KIA: dec 25th 1944
– Burial: Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA
– Medal: Distinguished Service Cross
John Tiedemann stayed in the doomed plane. He helped one of the guys with his parachute and made sure this man got out alive.
For that action, John got a Distinguished Flying Cross.
“…for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 389th Bombardment Group, EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 December 1944, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Tiedemann on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.”
Because of the followed path, we think Tiedemann, Price and O’Rourke had the plan to crashland the plane in the meadows of La fosse, hoping to survive the crash.