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Jack H Bateman


Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron.
276:15 hours flown, 126 missions, 119 No. of sorties. ETD.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, American Campaign.

Post war: Jack was proud to serve his country. He went back into the service and retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 1966.


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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron
  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron


Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Born McIntosh, FL, USA 6 August 1920
Enlisted Jacksonville, FL, USA 12 March 1942
Transferred Boxted, Colchester, UK 7 May 1944 – 27 November 1944

Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 27 November 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Stone Mountain, GA, USA 31 March 1999
Buried McIntosh, FL, USA April 1999

McIntosh Cemetery,


Date Contributor Update
14 October 2016 12:22:52 Lucy May Changes to biography and place associations

Bringing over source information from duplicate record:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Margrette Bateman, wife

Also 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron were at Boxted when Bateman served with the unit.
The unit moved to Halesworth in January 1945:

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2016 16:57:24 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:50 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list