James O JONES Jr

 

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBERO 661841 (18065443)
AGE24 yo
DATE OF BIRTHMarch 9, 1919
STATEComanche County TEXAS
FAMILYSingle
RANKFirst Lieutenant
FONCTIONWaist Gunner
JOB before ENLISTEMENTBaggage PorterTX
DATE of ENLISTEMENT10 november 1941
SQUADRON369th Bomber Squadron
GROUP306th Bomber Group, Heavy
ARMY8th Air Force
DATE OF DEATH7 january 1943jones james o mur
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHIn sea
DATA PLANB-17 F (# 41-24469)
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Mission: St Nazaire Submarine
Take off: Station 111 de Thurleigh
CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY de St James

Map St James American Cemetery

GRAVE
Wall of Missing
DECORATION
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
European African Middle Eastern CampaingEAMECampaign
American Campaign Medalamerican campaign medal
World War II Victory Medalvictory medal
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STORY
James served as a 1st Lieutenant and Waist Gunner on B-17F (#41-24469), 367th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
He resided in Comanche County, Texas prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 10, 1941, prior to the war, in Dallas, Texas.
He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Baggage Porter and also as Single, without dependents.
James was declared "Missing In Action" off England (see story below) during the war and was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 11029603
It is unknown why a 1st Lieutenant was serving as a Waist Gunner.
It isn't normal, but not unheard of and he must have volunteered for the duty due to a problem with the original waist gunner.

Article:
The plane took off on January 3, 1943 from Thurleight RAF Base, England for and attack on the U-Boots yard at St. Nazaire, France.
On the return flight the plane was forced to land at RAF station at St. Eval, Cornwall, England.
They took off again on January 7, 1943 to return to Thurleight but the weather closed in and Lt. Brandon was forced to return to St. Eval.
Brandon made one landing attempt but was forced to overshoot, pulled up and make another attempt. They were never seen or heard of again.
An extensive sea search, in which the RAF lost 2 planes, was conducted to located any trace of plane or crew but was never found

Equipage du B-17 F 41-24469

BARNES, Joseph S. S/Sergeant Ball Turret Gunner WISCONSIN
BRANDON, Robert L. 1st Lieutenant Pilot TEXAS
ELLIOTT, Judson W. S/Sergeant Radio-Op OKLAHOMA
HENRY, Murrel C. 1st Lieutenant Co-Pilot TENNESSEE
HOPKINS, Jerrold M. S/Sergeant Waist Gunner CALIFORNIA
JONES, James O. 1st Lieutenant Waist Gunner TEXAS
MURPHY, James C. 2nd Lt Navigator IOWA
OWEN, Earl K. S/Sergeant Tail Gunner NEW YORK
PORTER, Carlton E. S/Sergeant Engineer MAINE
SMITH, Lemuel B. 1st Lieutenant Navigator ALABAMA
equipage 41 24469 b17

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