John Richard Rossi
Last updated 4/24/2008 at Noon
John Richard Rossi was born in Placerville, CA, schooled in San Francisco and attended the University of California at Berkeley. He enlisted in the Navy in the fall of 1939 and was selected for flight training. Upon receiving his wings and commission in 1940, he was assigned as a Flight Instructor at Pensacola, FL.
“Dick” resigned his Navy commission in 1941 to join the American Volunteer Group (AVG) under the command of Colonel Claire Chennault. He arrived in Rangoon on November 12, 1941, and was undergoing a training program in P-40 aircraft at Toungoo, Burma, when Pearl Harbor was a...