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Joseph Milton Jenkins

Military

Assigned to 357FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF (a P-51 fighter group that destroyed 73 enemy planes in 22 days of air fighting). Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission in P-51 42-103389; once the escort was complete, strafed aerodrome in vicinity of Albert, France, hit by machine gun fire and light flak and crashed. 24-Jun-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5109

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 364th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-103389

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 357FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission; once the escort was complete, strafed aerodrome in vicinity of Albert, France, hit by machine gun fire and light flak and crashed. 24-Jun-44 Lt Joseph M Jenkins KIA MACR 5109

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Savannah, Georgia 5 October 1922

Son of John Ignatius and Essie Duncan [Potts] Jenkins.

Enlisted Savannah, GA 22 May 1942

Savannah, Georgia

Based Leiston 1944 – 24 June 1944

Assigned to 357FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Take Off accident 16 March 1944

P-51 C5-M 'Geechee Gal', written off in take off accident pilot Joseph M Jenkins RTD.

Died Albert, France 24 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission in P-51 42-103389; Strafing aerodrome hit by flak KIA MACR 5109

Buried Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Colleville-sur-Mer, France
Plot B Row 17 Grave 33

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2020 07:45:14 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28628636
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952774
https://www.fold3.com/record/83970026-joseph-m-jenkins
https://www.fold3.com/record/529907214-joseph-m-jenkins
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56646030/joseph-m-jenkins

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2020 19:31:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28628636
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952774
https://www.fold3.com/record/83970026-joseph-m-jenkins
https://www.fold3.com/record/529907214-joseph-m-jenkins
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56646030/joseph-m-jenkins

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2017 16:06:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, highest rank, biography and events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5109 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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