2/Lt. Jack R. Foster


(C. Hailey)

2/Lt. Jack R. Foster

338th FS - 10 January 1944 - 10 February 1944 (Prisoner of War)

Assigned Aircraft

Lost in P-38J CL-P 42-67816 "Princess Pat" (M. Kyburz)

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List

55th FG Mission #

Date Target

39

31 January 1944 Sweeps in the Eindhoven/Venlo/Arnhem area (Blue 4)
41 04 February 1944 Frankfurt (Returned early at 1147, due to 'left engine rough')
44 08 February 1944 Frankfurt (returned early as Escort)

45

10 February 1944 Brunswick
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes Entered service from Chickasha, Oklahoma.
ASN - O-754489
10 January 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
10 February 1944 - Prisoner of War
MACR No. 02148

2/Lt. Robert K. Fruh reported: "While over the target area, and just before rendezvousing with the bombers, I saw Lt. Foster feather his right engine and drop down, heading for the bombers;  the remainder of his flight and our flight, while weaving over him, saw him join the bombers and fly with them.  I believed at that time that he had a good opportunity of getting home unless further mechanical trouble developed.  This was the last I saw of Lt. Foster and it is undetermined as to when or where he went down, if he went down at all."
Missing Air Crew Member Report # 02148, stated that Lt. Foster was last sighted at 1131, near Brunswick, Germany.  Suspect, shot down.

German J 542 reported capture of Lt. Foster, 10 February 1944 and went into considerable detail about the crashed airplane.  The report stated that the Lightning was downed by a German fighter at 1200, 10 February 1944, at Ettenbostel.  The plane had CL-P, (338th Ftr. Sqdn.) on the side.  Painted on fuselage: Cowboy with 2 pistols and "Princess Pat".  Also painted on one side of cockpit the following inscription: "This ship is a Fighting Memorial to Roy Dixon Stone, Tool Crib Attendant, Dpt. 23, Lockheed Aircraft Corp, May 1940 to September 1940.  Killed while serving with the United States Armed Forces."
Lt. Foster was imprisoned at Stalag Luft I.

(reproduced with kind permission from Robert M. Littlefield's book, 'Double Nickel - Double Trouble'.)

Passed away on 03rd September 2001
Survivors include his wife, Jill, 3 daughters, and 4 grandchildren

Awards
Memories Marriage Notification:  'Miss Ima Jean Darendinger and Lt . Jack R. Foster, '41, both of Chickasha, were married July 12 at Chickasha. Mrs. Foster, a graduate of Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha, was employed in the public relations office of Borden Army General Hospital there. Lieutenant Foster, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, was recently released from a German prison camp. He reported at Miami, Florida, for re-assignment.'
   

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