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Marion E Jackson

Military

Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Damaged Bf109 23-5-41, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.
On the mission to Morlaix 26 Sept 1942, Capt Jackson scored the 4th Fighter Group's first kill in Spitfire Mk IX BS279. He shot down a Fw190 in the air over Brest Peninsula, France and then was shot down himself. Wounded in the subsequent crash landing, he spent 8 weeks in hospital before sent to Stalag Luft III as a Prisoner of War (POW). He was able to escape for about ten days by jumping from the roof of his cell house into a load of evergreen branches being hauled away from the camp.

Service

Units served with

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

Aircraft

  • BS279

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS279 Mk IX, Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall. ...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command 133 SQ. RAF

    26 September 1942
    14 aircraft and pilots took off from Great Sampford for Bolthead, Devonshire, landing there at 1230 hours. At 1350 hours and after a very sketchy briefing, 12 aircraft of the Squadron took off together with 401 with orders to make rendezvous with a...

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in California, USA 1940
Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

E/A Damaged Calais, France 23 May 1941

Damaged Bf109.

Assigned Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK September 1941 – 14 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 14 September 1942 – 26 September 1942

Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Wounded in crash landing Paris, France 26 September 1942 – 26 November 1942

Wounded in the crash landing, he spent 8 weeks in hospital before being imprisoned.

Shot down Brest, France 26 September 1942

Shot down in Spitfire Mk IX BS279 over Brest on return from Morlaix mission.

E/A Destroyed Brest, France 26 September 1942

Scored the 4th Fighter Group's first kill in Spitfire Mk IX BS279. Shot down a Fw190 in the air over Brest Peninsula, France.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 26 November 1942 – 4 June 1945

Held at Stalag Luft III, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 4-Jun-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 14:40:20 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3569

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2015 16:44:18 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3569

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2015 15:40:28 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3569

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 19:01:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to awards, events and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Nov-2014. Added POW event. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2014 16:53:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Oct-2014. Correction to mission association.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 19:15:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Oct-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John Hey MBE; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) POW database; Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4th_Operations_Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor

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