Glaser, John Marshall

Date of death:
May 19th, 1953
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

John Glaser, commissioned at the age of 18 on January 16th, 1939 saw service in H.M.S. Hermes, H.M.S. Formidable and H.M.S Fencer, where he was given command of 842 Sqdn. His command of 853 Sqdn during 'Operation Judgement' air strike on the natural harbour at Kilbotn on May 4th, 1945 resulted in complete success. This was the last air raid of the war and in a little of over 7 minutes, two ships and a U-Boat were sunk.
He remained with the Navy after the war and flew a variety of aircraft and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on October 3th, 1949.
On February 7th, 1952 whilst flying a Supermarine Attacker he crashed into the bank of the River Arun on approach and despite the aircraft being totally wrecked and Glaser being thrown clear he escaped with no more than a fractured arm. Tragically the following year he was killed long with another pilot of Air Station Ford in a mid air collision of two Attackers over Sidlesham. Both aircraft exploded and wreckage was strewn over a large area.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Lieutenant-Commander
Unit:
H.M.S. Fencer, Royal Navy
Awarded on:
July 18th, 1944
Action:
Captain's Recommendation:
"As Air Staff Officer he was unfailing in his devotion to duty during the operations involved in the passage of a recent North Russian convoy and it's attack by a U'Boat pack. At one time for 72 hours he was continually briefing the crews of aircraft and controlling the operations of those aircraft, when airborne, from the Operations Air Room, during which time he had no sleep or rest. Owing to the position of the bridge and it's poor communication I had to rely on him completely , giving him only the broadest outline upon which to base his decisions. At no time had I any worry as to the aircraft being used but to their best ability. He is of outstanding ability for one of his age and seniority.'"
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Lieutenant-Commander
Unit:
No. 853 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy
Awarded on:
August 7th, 1945
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Action:
Recommendation:
"Lieutenant-Commander Glaser led 853 Squadron during the attack on U-Boat depot ships at Kilbotn with skill and resolution. Although his aircraft was hit by flak he continued to direct operations cooly and efficiently. I consider the success of the attacks carried out by the squadron was in great measure due to his leadership and to the confidence which his squadron has in him."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With "AIR CREW EUROPE" clasp.
Atlantic Star
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With "NORTH AFRICA 1942-43" clasp.
Africa Star

Sources

  • - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36613 published on the 14 July 1944
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37211 published on the 3 August 1945
    - British Medals