Berry Allen Jones

Military

Object Number - UPL 46342 - Captain Berry A. Jones Fighter Pilot 365th BG - 388th BS - 9th AF

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Jonesy's Hope
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 388th Fighter Squadron

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Fontanay-Sur-Mer
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Brétigny-sur-Orge
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Chièvres Air Base

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Elbert County, GA 7 November 1918
Middleton, GA 16 October 1940

Enlisted

Atlanta, GA 23 October 1941 Fort McPherson

Died

Franklin, VA 4 July 2020 Franklin - Berry Allen Jones, age 101, of Franklin, VA passed peacefully while listening to “Georgia On My Mind” on July 4, 2020. Allen was born in Elbert County, GA on November 7, 1918, the eldest of 8 children of William Amos Jones and Katherine McCall Jones. He was a 1941 graduate of Young Harris College and enlisted in the US Army Air Corp after college. As a member of the Greatest Generation, he was a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot of the 365th Fighter Group (Hell Hawks) flying 56 escort missions in France, Holland and Belgium in preparation for the D-Day invasion and after, without ever being hit by enemy fire. His first enemy encounter was detailed in the book, The History of the Hell Hawks, by Charles R. Johnson. He was awarded an Air Medal with 8 bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. Allen was featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine on February 11, 1945 entitled, “Mission Accomplished The Pilot Reports”. He risked his own life so we could celebrate our freedom. How appropriate that he passed on Independence Day. He married the love of his life, Hope Reams Jones, on July 4, 1943, even naming his plane, “Jonesy’s Hope” in her honor. It’s fitting that he passed on what would have been their 77th wedding anniversary. After he was discharged he began his career in the paper industry retiring after 37 years with Union Camp Corporation. He was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Hope Reams Jones; his parents; brothers, W. Bailey Jones and Dr. Jack E. Jones; sisters, Doris Jones Bailey and Faye Jones Vermilya, and his granddaughter’s husband, Tyler Stout. He is survived by his son, Berry Allen Jones, Jr. (Pat) of Staunton, VA; daughter, Judith Jones Allen (John) of Roswell, GA; 4 grandchildren, Carla Jones Stout of Charlotte, NC; Kathryn Allen Crawford (Joey) of Marietta, GA; John Maxwell Allen, III of Atlanta, GA; Courtney Reams Allen of Brooklyn, NY; 7 great-grandchildren, Luke Allen Stout (Amy), Cameryn Mae Stout, Noelle Hope Stout, Emerson Michael Allen, Callaway Hope Allen, Joseph Nesbitt Crawford, IV, and Maxwell Jones Crawford; brother Bobby Jones (Darlene) of Elberton, GA; sisters, Jimmie Nelle Richardson (John) of Myrtle Beach, SC and Velma Jones Grizzle of Fort Mill, SC, and many nieces and nephews. Allen was a member of the High St. Methodist Church in Franklin, VA, former member of the Franklin Rotary Club, member of the American Legion Post 73, former member of Cypress Cove Country Club and past chairman of the Franklin Electoral Board. He loved his wife and family most of all, but he also loved the game of golf, at one time having a single digit handicap and 3 holes-in-one. He was also featured in Golf Digest Magazine in 2008 at the age of 89 as having the most improved handicap of any senior male golfer in VA. He was a man of honor, well-respected, strong and brave. He will be loved and remembered by his family forever. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 9, at 11am at Poplar Springs Cemetery with The Rev. Ben Duffey officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Village at Woods Edge, 1401 N. High St., Franklin, VA 23851.

Buried

Franklin, VA 9 July 2020 Poplar Spring Cemetery Franklin City, Franklin City, Virginia, USA
Franklin, VA

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