While serving as the Bombardier of B-17 41-24474 'Floozy' on 18 November 1942 on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at La Pallice, France, the aircraft was hit by flak over St. Nazaire damaging an engine, letting down over the Bay of Biscay, it was attacked by FW 190's forcing the pilot to ditch the aircraft in the sea 2 miles off the Ile d'Oussant on the tip of the Brest Peninsula. Lt. Jones had baled over the sea soon after the aircraft was hit by flak and was lost.
Purple Heart, Air Medal
Units served with
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,...
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...
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...
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...
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||Bay of Biscay
||18 November 1942
He baled out of the aircraft somewhere over the Bay of Biscay and was lost in the sea. His remains were never recovered.
Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Brittany American Cemetery.