2/Lt. Lester E. Jaklich

(D. Bighia)

2/Lt. Lester E. Jaklich

38th FS - 13 February 1944 - 10 August 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38J CG-W "Angel Puss"
P-51D CG-W 44-13888 "Angel Puss"
P-51D CG-Y 44-13909 "Mom's Pride" (55th FGA)

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
203 10 August 1944 Railroads - France
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes Entered service from Chicago, Illinois.
13 February 1944 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
10 August 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 07771
1/Lt. William J. Reilly reported: "Lt. Jaklich was leading Hellcat Red flight and I was leading the element.  After we had dive bombed a couple of marshalling yards, we discovered five half-track armored vehicles on the road and set up a traffic pattern on them.  On the second pass I saw the turrets on the half-tracks following us around so I called Lt. Jaklich and he made a pass on one and I made one on the other and we came out 180 degrees to each other.  I turned to follow him and when I completed the turn he had disappeared.  I circled the immediate area for times and called him twice but received no answer.  About three minutes later I heard, 'Hellcat, (inaudible), (inaudible), (two words) bailing out'.  This was undoubtedly Lt. Jaklich as no one else had gone down at that time."

German J 1946 reported: "Date/time aircraft shot down: 10 August 1944, 17.00 hour.  Place of crash: north-east of Romilly (France).  Type aircraft: Mustang.  Presumably touched trees in low level flight.  CG W, 95% destroyed.  Dead not recognizable.  Target: air base Romilly, 38 F. Sqd.  Reporting office: Air Base Headquarters, Romilly.  Crew: 1 unknown dead.  Buried: 12 August 44, rural-cemetery of Fere Champenoise."

It was the opinion of some of his squadron mates that he was killed after a successful bailout.

1/Lt. Jaklich is now buried at Epinal American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Dinoze, France.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble


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