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Everett R Jones Jr

Military

First entered the Signal Corps and then completed training as a multi-engine pilot. Flew B-24s with the 2nd AD including lead positions for the 96th Combat Wing and three different groups on twenty-two occasions. Later, also piloted the P-47 Thunderbolt. [Documents attached to database form. ]

Flew with Bill Campbell when they were both in the 466th Bomb Group.
DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

People

  • Sylvester Bauer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Robert Blumenfeld

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Campbell

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Bill joined up at 18 and went to gunnery school. Was based at Myrtle Beach, Florida, then Salt Lake City, Utah and then Topeka, Kansas. From there his unit flew in B-24s to Canada and then over to Northern Ireland. Then they travelled to England by...

  • Wayne Cochran

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Carlton Gibbs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radar (H2X) Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Norman Greenfield

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Pilotage Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Frank Judkovics

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Paul Plaschke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 754th Bomb Squadron
  • 784th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-110188

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95592 Black Cat

    B-24 Liberator
    On 21 April 1945 B-24 Liberator "Black Cat" became the last heavy bomber to be shot down in the European Theatre of Operations. ...

  • 42-75513 Sally

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ, 466BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-94799 Paper Doll

    B-24 Liberator
    Assignments: 8 34 7 original aircraft RCL (J) changed from 28 May 44 to (F) and changed again from 27 Jul 44 to (E). 8 466 786 (U8 N) from 7 Oct until RZI (arrived Bradley Field 14 Jun 45).

  • 42-50503

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-100359 Hubba Hubba!

    B-24 Liberator

Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

  • 665

    5 October 1944

  • 674

    12 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 676

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 688

    25 October 1944

  • 689

    26 October 1944

  • 696

    1 November 1944

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Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Louisville, KY, USA 28 July 1918
466th BG Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 17 July 1944 – 14 February 1945

Completed a 21 mission tour with the 466th BG. Had trained as a lead crew and flown mission with the 44th BG prior to transferring to the 466th BG

Lead Crew Mission Munich, Germany 21 July 1944

Deputy Combat Wing Lead Pilot - 96th CBW

Lead Crew Mission Bremen, Germany 29 July 1944

Deputy Combat Wing Lead Pilot - 96th CBW

Lead Crew Mission Magdeburg, Germany 11 September 1944

Deputy Group Lead Pilot - 458th BG

A/c received a direct flak hit in the bomb bay which set off the smoke marker bombs. The flaps and aileron controls on the right wing were severed at the same time. Jones kept his a/c in formation and his crew in place, dropping his bombs on the lead ship. He was then able to bring his seriously damaged ship back to base and land without further damage to his crew or a/c.

Lead Crew Mission Paderborn, Germany 5 October 1944

Combat Wing Lead Pilot - 96th CBW

Lead Crew Mission Osnabrück, Germany 12 October 1944

Deputy Division Lead Pilot - 2nd Air Division

Lead Crew Mission Kaiserslautern, Germany 14 October 1944

Group Lead Pilot - 466th BG

Lead Crew Mission Gelsenkirchen, Germany 25 October 1944

Squadron Lead Pilot - 466th BG

Lead Crew Mission Bottrop, Germany 26 October 1944

Squadron Lead Pilot - 466th BG

Despite losing the turbo on the #1 engine early in the mission, Jones kept his a/c in the lead position and his group in perfect wing formation. At the time there was a shortage of radar equipped aircraft in the 96th CBW. His decision not to abort was critical to the missions success.

Lead Crew Mission Gelsenkirchen, Germany 1 November 1944

Squadron Lead Pilot - 466th BG

Again lost a turbo during assembly. Jones chose not to abort and successfully lead his squadron to mission completion.

Lead Crew Mission Castrop-Rauxel, Germany 2 November 1944

Squadron Lead Pilot - 466th BG

Lost oil pressure over the Zuider Zee in his #1 engine. With the engine feathered, Jones took his squadron directly to the target and lead a successful precision bomb run.

Lead Crew Mission Hanau, Germany 10 November 1944

Group Lead Pilot - 466th BG

Lead Crew Mission Bottrop, Germany 11 November 1944

Squadron Lead Pilot - 467th BG

Lead Crew Mission Aachen, Germany 16 November 1944

Group Lead Pilot - 466th BG

Lead Crew Mission Bingen, Germany 25 November 1944

Group Lead Pilot - 467th BG

Lead Crew Mission Bielefeld, Germany 26 November 1944

Group Lead Pilot - 458th BG

Lead Crew Mission Bielefeld, Germany 29 November 1944

Group Plead Pilot - 458th BG

Enlisted Bingen, Germany 1 December 1944

Combat Wing Lead Pilot - 86th CBW

Lead Crew Mission Bingen, Germany 10 December 1944

Combat Wing Lead Pilot - 96th CBW

Lead Crew Mission 54568 Gerolstein, Germany 24 December 1944

Deputy Group Lead Pilot - 458th BG

Lead Crew Mission Neuwied, Germany 30 December 1944

Division Lead Pilot - 2nd Air Division

Died November 2013

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2020 00:26:12 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Archives - Report on Mission No 135 Castrop, Germany 2 November 1944
NARA research by Brad Sullivan

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2016 19:06:27 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG - Everett Jones Papers - Copy of recommendation for award of the Distinguished Flying Cross

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2015 10:57:23 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from :
466TH BG Historian;
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia; http://www.458bg.com/754thcombatcrews.htm

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2015 12:22:12 Lucy May Changes to awards
Sources

Added awards to Awards field.

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2015 02:48:43 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2015 02:47:17 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 01:24:52 466thHistorian Changes to events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2014 22:44:17 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Obituary: http://www.dallasnews.com/obituary-headlines/20131107-everett-r.-jones-j...

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2014 22:17:56 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
Sources

As told to me by Bill Campbell. Bill's entry is here: http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/225941

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self & Page 310 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Co 1998 edition, D790.A2S45

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