John's father was a pilot, and John began flying in his early teens. I remember he had one younger sister. John was serious, dedicated, and loyal. He died, I think, when he was 15 or 16. He was learning to fly via instruments at night. Something went wrong on a practice flight and he crashed into a barn. I remember visiting his beautiful mother following his funeral. She was badly shaken with such a heavy blow. I'll never forget visiting her.