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About John Joseph Seerley, Jr
John Joseph Seerley, Jr (21 November 1897-21 August 1943) was an American pursuit pilot and a flying ace in World War I. He re-joined the United States Army Air Forces in World War II. He was killed in a non-combat accident while serving in England as part of Eighth Air Force. Biography
Born in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of United States Congressman John Joseph Seerley. He was a graduate of the University of Chicago, receiving a law degree and a CPA. Seerley joined the Air Service, United States Army in 1917 during World War I. After pilot training in the United States, Lieutenant Owens was assigned to the 13th Aero Squadron, 2d Pursuit Group, First Army Air Service. In combat over the Western Front in France, Lieutenant Seerley was credited with shares in five victories.
After the war, Seerley started his own investment company in Chicago.
During World War II, he re-entered the military, joining the United States Army Air Forces, serving as an air intelligence officer. He was assigned as Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3, VIII Fighter Command and was deployed to England. Major Seerley was killed in a vehicle accident in Tetsworth, Oxfordshire, England. For his World War II service, Seerley was awarded the Air Medal and a Silver Star for conscientious service and gallantry in establishing the maximum fighter protection for American heavy bombers during air raids over Germany