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John D Jones

Military

09 November 1942 assigned target U/B at St. Nazaire, France. On return, crashed into field beyond runway in B-17F-15-BO 41-24494.

Shot down in B-17F 41-24474 'Floozy' while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft was on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at La Pallice, France but was damaged by flak over St. Nazaire. The aircraft was attacked again by FW-190s over the Bay of Biscay forcing the pilot to ditch the aircraft into the sea 2 miles off the Ile d' Oussant, off the tip of the Brest Peninsula, France. TSgt Jones was captured. MACR 16448.

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24474 Floozy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to 306BG/367BS at Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 17-Sep-42. Damaged by anti-aircraft fire over St. Nazaire, France while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at La Pallice, France. The aircraft was then attacked by German FW-190 fighters over...

  • 41-24494

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to 306BG/367BS at Westover 16-Aug-1942; Thurleigh 13-October-1942. 9-Nov-42 despatched on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France it was damaged by flak. Upon return it landed at Portreath, over-ran the runway, overran a dirt...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    9 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 18 November 1942 – 1 May 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 1-Jun-45.

Ditched Ushant, France 18 November 1942

Managed to exit the aircraft after it was ditched into the sea.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 21:52:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Nov-2014. Added crash location to description and ditching event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added aircraft associations within existing data.

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 22:30:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. Missing AIr Crew Report (MACR) 16448; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs by Hey and Bishop p.45 494.

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