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Jack Preston Rencher


Jack P. Rencher started flying in Phoenix Arizona in 1937. He was operating a D8 bulldozer, graveyard shift, in an open pit copper mine when Pearl Harbor happened. He had to pass a test to enlist in the Army Cadet Program as he got kicked out of high school his 2nd year. He went through Santa Ana California, Tulare, CA, (PT-17s, for Primary), Bakersfield, CA, (BT-13s for Basic) and graduated from Williams AFB for Advanced, P-38s.
His first assignment was to Yuma Arizona gunnery school where they put him in B-17s to fly gunnery students 8 hours per day, 6 days per week. There he built up a lot of B17 time fast and learned to love them. On Sundays he usually slow timed new engines, test flew repaired airplanes, studied and slept. He did go to Yuma City once maybe.

He was next sent to Salt Lake City where he was asked to and did volunteer to be assigned copilot and was assigned on a B17 crew. After crew training the crew was sent to England on the Aquatainia, a large English ship. They were lucky and assigned to the 358th Squadron in the 303rd Bomb Group. After completing 35 largely uneventful missions, the last one, number 35, was Christmas Eve December 24, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge, he then returned to the states and was assigned to the 5th Ferry Group in the Air Transport Command in Dallas Texas. There for the next 2 or 3 years he delivered airplanes from PT-17s to B-29s all over the world.

He then became a civilian, acquired an A & E. Mechanics license and over the next half century wore out a Cessna 140, a 170, 4 Bonanzas and 2 Barons. He received an award from the Idaho Dept. of Aeronautics for flying over one half century over 22,000 hours with our an accident or a violation. He confesses to probably having a violation or two but just never got caught. He married a beautiful lady, Louise, before he left the Service and they raised three fine sons.

Jack passed away August 20, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.



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Units served with

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Associated Place

  • Molesworth

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Event Location Date
Born Los Angeles, CA 25 March 1921

Son of Guy Benjamin and Irene Ramona [Eigholz] Rencher.

Enlisted Phoenix, AZ 16 May 1942
Based Molesworth 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Boise, ID 20 August 2010
Buried Dry Creek Cemetery, Boise, ID 25 August 2010

Dry Creek Cemetery
Ada County, ID


Date Contributor Update
28 August 2021 15:31:00 Hotelie1970 Changes to awards

GENERAL ORDER # 633, 17 December 1944, from Headquarters 1 Bomb Division by Brigadier General Turner.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2020 15:49:28 Hotelie1970 Changes to service number and awards

GENERAL ORDER # 555, dated 23 November 1944: From Headquarters 1st Bombardment Division, Office of the Commanding Brigadier General Turner.

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2019 16:03:50 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 22:23:15 JasonR Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:53 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000