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Robert W Jones

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Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Harry Simons

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29718 'THE WIDOW MAKER'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Gulfport 18/3/43; Brookley 28/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG Bassingbourn 7/4/43; then 410BS; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-H] Alconbury 23/7/43; 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 4...

  • 42-29772

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/2/43; Sioux City 14/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-R] Kimbolton 2/5/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA Rome 1/9/44; Williams 20/3/45; La Junta 29/3/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-30702

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/7/43; Moses Lake 29/7/43; with Fred Troy force landed Drew 2/6/44; 2142 BU Shaw Fd 29/10/44; 327 BU Drew 11/11/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Searcey Fd 7/8/45.

  • 42-31028

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/9/43; Gr Isle 7/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 19/11/43; Missing in Action Aschersleben 22/2/44 with Capt Harry Simons, Co-pilot: John Robins, Navigator: Bob Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Fallon, Radio...

  • 42-31050

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/9/43; Gr Island 3/10/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-R] Kimbolton 19/10/43; transferred 527BS; ...

  • 42-31663 TAG-A-LONG

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/12/43; Boise 5/12/43; Denver 6/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 2/1/44; Grenier 8/1/44; Presque Is 10/1/44; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-G] Kimbolton 2/2/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 8/11/44 with Gerald Duffy (Killed in Action); Keith...

  • 42-3325

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 7/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Y] Kimbolton 1/6/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Ken Davis, Co-pilot: Chas Fowler, Navigator: Paul Clark, Bombardier: Stan Dolgin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alex...

  • 42-37764 Dragon Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/8/43; Gr Island 18/9/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-P] Kimbolton 21/10/43; Ball turret gunner: Tyree McAllister (KIA-pilot was Dewey Barnes) 14/1/44; battle damaged Berlin 6/3/44 with Fred Sommer, Co-pilot: Jim Evesole, Navigator:...

  • 42-5830 'Hag of Hardwyck'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-T] Kimbolton 20/5/43 AL JO-SON; transferred 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 26/7/44; Tinker 1/9/44;...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Norfolk, Virginia, USA 22 June 1919

Son of Harold W Jones.

Based Kimbolton December 1943 – 22 February 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Munster, Germany 22 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872

Buried Senden, Germany 23 February 1944

Interred
Senden cemetery.

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1946

Re-Interred
Netherlands American Cemetery
Plot E Row 10 Grave 24

Buried Worthington Cemetery, Worthington, Nobles County, MN 1948

Memorialised
Worthington Cemetery
Worthington, Nobles County, MN

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 21:26:51 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/529875561-robert-w-jones
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763687?rec=299453097
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=5276
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56300287/robert-w-jones
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65334107/robert-w-jones

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2872 / MACR 2872, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 298 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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