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Jenner Joseph De Santis

Military

Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Davis crew. Local flights 18-Aug-44 in 43-38072; port U/C collapsed on third landing, RTD. 5 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaven in B-17 43-38009, crashed at Hochheim on 13-Sep-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8855

At the point of the direct hit, was pinned in nose by centrifugal force, alongside bombardier Dick Wessel, unable to reach chute pack, never made it out of A/C with chute in the break-up.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Albert Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Local flights 18-Aug-44 in 43-38072; port U/C collapsed on third landing, RTD. ...

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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. ...

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 850th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38009

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/44; Kearney 12/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned 850BS/490BG Eye 21/7/44; Missing in Action Stuttgart 13/9/44 with Albt Davis, Bombardier: Dick Wessel (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Fred Ostler, Navigator: Jenner De Santis, Flight...

  • 43-38072

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/6/44; Hunter 13/7/44; Grenier 24/7/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 27/7/44; 850BS; on local flights 18/8/44 with Albert Davis, Co-pilot: Fred Ostler, Navigator: Jenner DeSantis, Bombardier: Rich Wessel, Flight engineer/top turret...

Missions

  • 628

    13 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Cheddington

    Military site : airfield
    The main runway at Cheddington fell short of the required 2,000 yards for a class A airfield and it was originally used as a satellite for groups at Bovingdon nearby. Between October 1942 and the end of war in Europe it was used as a Combat Crew...

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Paterson, New Jersey 12 December 1922

Son of Anthony De Santis.

Enlisted Newark, NJ 15 December 1942

Newark, New Jersey

Based Eye 1944 – 13 September 1944

Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Hochheim, Germany 13 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaven in B-17 43-38009, crashed at Hochheim on 13-Sep-44, KIA MACR 8855

Buried 1946

Re-Interred
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
St Avold, France
Plot E Row 6 Grave 22

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 20:47:09 Al_Skiff Changes to biography
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28734499
https://www.fold3.com/image/28734551
https://www.fold3.com/image/674314826
https://www.fold3.com/image/310760505
https://www.fold3.com/record/83662589-jenner-j-de-santis
https://www.fold3.com/record/529890748-jenner-j-de-santis
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56654328/jenner-j-de_santis

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 12:51:00 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28734499
https://www.fold3.com/image/674314826
https://www.fold3.com/image/310760505
https://www.fold3.com/record/83662589-jenner-j-de-santis
https://www.fold3.com/record/529890748-jenner-j-de-santis
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56654328/jenner-j-de_santis

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2017 16:28:54 Lucy May Changes to awards and events
Sources

http://abmc.gov/node/536923#.WcKWjE2Wzcs

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8855, Combat Chronology

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