Capt. Jerry H. Ayers


(55th FGA)

Capt. Jerry H. Ayers

38th FS - 22 May 1942 - 17 May 1944

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H CG-Q 42-67077 "Mountain Ayers"

Mission History

Completed Tour of Duty

Known Mission List

55th FG  Mission #

Date Target
01 15 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands
n/a 16 October 1943 Practice Mission (Blue 3)
02 16 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands (White 3)
03 17 October 1943 Sweep - Northern France (Red 3)
05 19 October 1943 Sweep - Ameins Area (Red 3)
07 22 October 1943 Cambrai (Red 3)
08 24 October 1943 St. Andre L'Eure (Blue Leader)
n/a 30 October 1943 Aborted Mission (Red 3)
09 03 November 1943 Wilhelmshaven (Yellow 3)
10 05 November 1943 Gelsenkirchen (Blue Leader)
11 07 November 1943 Sweep - Ostend - St. Omer Area (Yellow 3)
12 07 November 1943 Sweep - Lille Area (Red 3)
13 10 November 1943 Montdidier Airdrome (White 3)
14 11 November 1943 Munster (Yellow 3)
15 13 November 1943 Bremen (White 3)
n/a 18 November 1943 Practice Mission (Red Leader)
16 25 November 1943 Sweep - Lille Area (Blue Leader)
18 29 November 1943 Bremen (Blue Leader)
39 31 January 1944 Sweeps in the Eindhoven/Venlo/Arnhem area.(Red Leader)
68 08 April 1944 Salzbergen (flew as Red Leader)
70 10 April 1944 St. Dizier (flew as White 2)
74 15 April 1944 Jackpot (flew as Yellow Leader)
80 24 April 1944 Friedrichshaven (flew as Red Leader)
Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Score Detail 05 November 1943  Do-217 probably destroyed (air) W/Munster
29 November 1943
 Me-109 destroyed (air) W/Bremen
Notes Born on 24th November 1918
27 September 1941 - Enlisted in FT Oglethorpe, GA
Home of Record - Haley, Tenn.
Army Serial Number at Enlistment - 14063544
ASN - O-659441
22 May 1942 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
Assigned to 'A' Flight as Deputy Flight Leader
11 May 1943 - On leave for 13 days
20 November 1943 - Awarded the Air Medal
December 1943 - Awarded 1st Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
December 1943 - Awarded 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
April 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
17 May 1944 - Ended Tour of Duty

Crew Chief was T/Sgt. Ralph Sexton and Assistant Crew Chief was Sgt. 'Irish' O'Flaherty

Passed away on 15 May 1992, aged 73 years old.
Buried in Shofner Cemetery, Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Awards
Memories "...I like everyone else, had great respect and admiration for Capt. Ayers.  He was a real, and unassuming, gentleman.  He was so appreciative, which was not always the case with others.
The enlisted men were saddened by Capt. Ayers' ear problems, which restricted his flying career.  In our estimation he was an extremely talented pilot."  Robert Sand.
Additional Photo Jerry Ayers' Gravestone in Shofner Cemetery, Shelbyville, Tennessee
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