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Leonard Edward Jokerst

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Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x Combat missions. B-17F 42-29930 'Miss Patricia' crashed shortly after takeoff on a local night training mission. 23-Oct-43. Killed in Service (KIS)

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Erven Chuhran

    Military | Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 42-29930 'Miss Patricia' crashed shortly after takeoff on a local night training mission. 23-Oct-43. Killed in Service (KIS) Awards: PH.

  • Theodore Jackson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed shortly after takeoff on a local night training mission in B-17F 42-29930 'Miss Patricia'. 23-Oct-43. Died non Battle (DNB) Awards: AM.

  • Ralph Long

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 23-Oct-43. B-17F 42-29930 'Miss Patricia' crashed shortly after takeoff on a local night training mission. Died non Battle (DNB) Awards: PH.

  • Richard Morgan

    Military | Private | Passenger | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. KNO October 23, 1943. B-17F 42-29930 'Miss Patricia' crashed shortly after takeoff on a local night training mission.

  • Samuel Morse

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed shortly after take-off on a local night training mission in B-17F 42-29930 'Miss Patricia' 23-Oct-43, Killed non Operational (KNO) Awards: PH.

  • Homer Sherman

    Military | Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    KNO October 23, 1943. B-17F #42-29930 'Miss Patricia' crashed shortly after takeoff on a local night training mission.

  • William Stephen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. B-17F 42-29930 'Miss Patricia' crashed shortly after take-off on a local night training mission 23-Oct-43. Died non Battle (DNB) Awards: PH.

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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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29574 The Sky Wolf II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/43; Salina 12/1/43; Homestead 4/2/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bassingbourn 25/2/43; Missing in Action 8m Bremen 17/4/43 with Nick Stoffel (+ 92BG crew), Co-pilot: Capt Bob Foster, Navigator: John Segrest, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-29930 'QUI-NINE THE BITTER DOSE' aka 'MISS PATRICIA'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/3/43; Casper 29/3/43; Smoky Hill 14/4/43; Walla Walla 5/7/43; Tinker 21/5/43; Dow Fd 3/6/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-J] Thurleigh 17/6/43; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 25/9/43; crashed on take off at Keyston, Hunts.,...

  • 42-29931 Satan's Workshop

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/3/43; Casper 28/3/43; Tinker 10/4/43; Memphis 16/4/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD- ] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43 JAYBIRD; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-L] Molesworth 13/7/43; Missing in Action Bernburg 22/2/44 with George Underwood, Co...

  • 42-5434 "BOB’S BOUDOIR", Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Molesworth 6/3/43; crash landed Alresford, Hants., UK, 26/9/43 with Bob Cogswell [injured in crash], Co-pilot: Dallas Kendall, Navigator: Ed Cobb, Bombardier: Frank Kulesa, Flight...

  • 42-5482 Cat O'Nine Tails

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Brookley 1/2/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-W] Molesworth 6/3/43; sustained flak damage over Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ambrose Grant, Co-pilot: Franklin Ball, Navigator: Jim Berger,...

  • 42-5483 'THE DEVIL HIMSELF' aka 'RED ASS'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] Molesworth 7/3/43 RED ASS; transferred 427BS; 5m* Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Finis Brumbeloe, Co-pilot: Donnell Marsh, Navigator: Jim Groves, Flight...

  • 42-5854 'Alley Oop'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 23/3/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Dow Fd 27/5/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG 30/5/43 Thorpe Abbotts; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Molesworth 13/7/43; 28m 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 5/4/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 6/6/44;...

  • 42-5859

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 28/3/43; Memphis 9/4/43; Romulus 14/4/43; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 24/4/43; crash landed 2 SAD Lt Staughton 1st mission; repaired & transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-M] Molesworth 2/10/43; severe battle damaged Bremen 29/11/43 with P....

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Crystal City, Jefferson County, MO 28 May 1921

Son of Joseph F and Josephine Regina [Huber] Jokerst.

Enlisted St Louis, MO, USA 25 March 1942

St Louis, Missouri

Based Molesworth 1943 – 23 October 1943

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Keyston, Huntingdon PE28 0RF, UK 23 October 1943

B-17F 42-29930 'Miss Patricia' crashed shortly after takeoff on a local night training mission. 23-Oct-43. Killed in Service (KIS)

Buried 24 October 1943

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Sacred Heart Cemetery, Crystal City, MO August 1948

Re-Interred
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Crystal City
Jefferson County, MO

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 18:59:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310763294
https://www.fold3.com/image/319241095
https://www.fold3.com/image/618193503
https://www.fold3.com/record/84601888-leonard-e-jokerst
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118807440/leonard-jokerst

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2020 02:21:50 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2018 18:08:56 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84601888-leonard-e-jokerst/facts
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763294?terms=Leonard%20E%20Jokerst
https://www.fold3.com/image/143579235?terms=Leonard%20E%20Jokerst
https://www.fold3.com/image/319241095?terms=Leonard%20E%20Jokerst
http://www.303rdbg.com/360jokerst.html
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-29930&Submit4=Go
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118807440/leonard-jokerst

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2018 17:10:26 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84601888-leonard-e-jokerst/facts
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763294?terms=Leonard%20E%20Jokerst
https://www.fold3.com/image/143579235?terms=Leonard%20E%20Jokerst
https://www.fold3.com/image/319241095?terms=Leonard%20E%20Jokerst
http://www.303rdbg.com/360jokerst.html
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-29930&Submit4=Go
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118807440/leonard-jokerst

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2018 13:04:17 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and unit associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 350, NARA

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