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Willys Pierce Jones

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Damaged by fighter attacks on the return from a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31299 'Junior' maintained formation until finally crashing NW of Beilen, Holland after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW).

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  • Garland Lloyd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighter attacks on the return from a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31299 'Junior' maintained formation until finally crashing NW of Beilen, Holland after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29943 'Situation Normal'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Smoky Hill 26/3/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 305BG Chelveston 15/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Alconbury 16/6/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; 335BS [OE-K] Horham 15/6/43; 12/9/43 with A.R. Witt f/d RAF Morton Calence (?); 20...

  • 42-30120 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Tinker 23/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 15/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 16/6/43; 16/7/43 with Louis Reno force landed RAF Chedburgh; slight mid-air collision with 42-30601 ...

  • 42-31258 'Lucky Strike'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Wilmington 4/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 11/11/43; 36m, Missing in Action Brussels 10/4/44 with Ron Thompson, Co-pilot: Blaine Manahan, Navigator: Everett Enstrom, Waist gunner: Bob...

  • 42-31299 'She's My Gal II' aka 'Junior'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/10/43; Gr Island 29/10/43; Memphis 5/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 12/11/43; on practice mission 4/12/43 with Glenn Infield, Co-pilot: Louis Reno, Navigator: Melvin Fledeboe, Radio Operator: Chas Merrman, etg-Z.A....

  • 42-31329

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Memphis 10/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-H] Horham 15/11/43; with Glen Infield force landed RAF Manston 4/3/44; 25m, Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with Jim Reed, Co-pilot: Maj Noel Strader,...

  • 42-3529

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hill 23/7/43; Ephrata 4/8/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-F, then T] Horham 6/10/43;Tail gunner: Vic Walek [wia] 13/12/43; 26m, Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Francis Frantz, Co-pilot: Ray Wilson, Navigator: Chas McDonald, Flight engineer...

  • 42-37766 'Princess Pat'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/8/43; Scott 30/9/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Horham 13/10/43; with J.W. Hargrove force landed Snetterton Heath 16/11/43; (10m), Missing in Action Munster 22/12/43 with Maurice Mangis, Co-pilot: Don Lembeke, Waist gunner: Jack...

  • 42-37984

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/11/43; Kearney 12/11/43; ...

  • 42-39924 'Tornado'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 9/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-N] Horham 12/11/43; with P.L. Huie force landed Rattlesden AFB 10/2/44, (crew OK); 52m, Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Bill Sheehan, Co-pilot: Chas Beck, Navigator: Vic...

  • 42-39989 Patches

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 27/10/43; Grand Island 13/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Horham 15/12/43; with W. Overstreet force landed Halesworth AFB, UK (crew OK) 9/3/44; [18m] Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with Ed Herman, Co-pilot: John Leathers,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 191

    24 January 1944
    The primary target of this mission was the Zukunft power station at Eschweilier, Germany. The mision was composed of 563 bombers three elements from 1BD, 2BD and 3BD. The despatch from 2BD was recalled due to weather before it could take off. Mission...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lake Crystal, Minnesota 13 February 1917
95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 13 December 1943 – 6 March 1944

22 combat missions

Shot Down/Captured 3 miles west of Hijken, Netherlands 6 March 1944
POW Barth, Germany 15 March 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft I
(dates are approximate)

Died Stillwater, MN 23 February 1989
Buried Stillwater, MN 26 February 1989

Fairview Cemetery
Stillwater, MN

Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2020 00:59:18 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60901&h=4020561...
http://teunispats.nl/jack-edward-gibbs-5.htm
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/3391

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2999 / MACR 2999, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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