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Travis Randolph Jones

Military

Assigned to 860BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38316 Hank's Battle Wagon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/7/44; Kearney 28/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG Debach 11/8/44; battle damaged Merseburg 2/11/44 with Joe Gualano, cp?, Stan Lucia, Arthur Etter, Ray Butler, Paul Backer, Bob Johnson, Fred Townsend, Travis Jones (8...

Associated Place

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Baird, TX 17 February 1922

Son of William Horace and Myrtle Elizabeth [Emmerson] Jones.

Enlisted Fort Worth, TX 25 November 1940

Fort Worth, Texas

Based Debach 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 860BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 25 May 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Fort Worth, TX 13 March 1985
Buried Laurel Land Memorial Park Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX 16 March 1985

Laurel Land Memorial Park
Fort Worth,
Tarrant County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2022 09:13:14 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/139478777

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2022 08:43:39 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/626085239
https://www.fold3.com/record/85350795/travis-r-jones-wwii-army-enlistmen...
https://www.fold3.com/record/621539428/travis-jones-1922-veterans-affair...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/69415251/travis-randolph-jones

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://493bgdebach.co.uk/roster_list.php

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