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Jack Q Means

Military

Service

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 40-3097 The Swoose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    LONGEST SERVING B-17 in USAAF. Assigned 14BS/11BG (#21 on tail) then 19BG Hickam Field 14-May-41; Clark Field, Philippines 17-Oct-41 with Henry Godman, Bob Clinkscales, Carl Epperson, John Wallach, Coley James, Norman Michelson, Herb Weist, Junior...

Missions

  • 748

    12 December 1944

  • 750

    15 December 1944

  • 770

    30 December 1944

  • 778

    3 January 1945

  • 781

    5 January 1945

  • 783

    6 January 1945

  • 799

    18 January 1945

  • 857

    1 March 1945

  • 859

    2 March 1945

  • 865

    5 March 1945

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Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Van Buren County, Arkansas 10 June 1920
Died Yountville, Napa, California 2 October 2013
Based Great Ashfield
Buried Redding, California

Northern California Veterans Cemetery at Redding

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 July 2020 07:45:24 Virginiawise50 Changes to events
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Virginia Wise

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 21:04:53 Virginiawise50 Changes to events
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Ancestry.com

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 02:40:50 Virginiawise50 Changes to firstname
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Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise, who flew as pilot with Jack Q. Means as co-pilot.

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2017 05:40:12 Virginiawise50 Changes to media associations
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Virginia Wise-personal knowledge

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2017 05:12:20 Virginiawise50 Changes to role
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Virginia Wise-personal knowledge

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2017 05:11:32 Virginiawise50 Created entry with surname, firstname, nickname, nationality, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Virginia Wise-personal knowledge

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