Maj. Milton Joel
(Jack Jenkins via NARS)
Maj. Milton Joel
38th FS - October 1942 - 29 November 1943 (Killed in Action)
P-38H 42-67020 "Flying Wolf" (Robert and Donna Sand)
|Score Detail||03 November 1943
(.5)FW-190 destroyed (air) Westerholt-Wittmund
03 November 1943 (2)FW-190 damaged (air) N/Wilhelmshaven
05 November 1943 Me-109 destroyed (air) W/Arnheim
13 November 1943 Ju-88 destroyed (air) Bremen
13 November 1943 Ju-88 probable (air) Bremen
13 November 1943 Me-109 probable (air) Bremen
13 November 1943 Me-109 damaged (air) Bremen
|Notes||Major Joel was from Richmond Virginia.
Studied at Thomas Jefferson High School, Richmond, VA
20 November 1943 - Awarded the Air Medal
29 November 1943 - Missing in Action
MACR No. 01429
Capt. R.C. Franklin, Jr. of Mojave, California, 343rd Fighter Squadron reported: "On 29 December 1943, my wingman, Lt. J.W. Gilbride, and myself participated in an engagement in which Major Joel, C.O. of the 38th Fighter Squadron, and his wingman, Lt. Garvin, were lost and possibly this statement might shed some light on their disappearance.
"The main body of the group was proceeding toward home when Major Joel was
heard calling for help from far behind us. Lt. Gilbride and I turned back
to help but it took several minutes for us to reach the fight. As we drew
near we could see five P-38s engaged and each had from one to three
Me-109s on its tail. Just before we went into the fight one P-38 rolled
over and went down with its left engine leaving a very long and very heavy
trail of black smoke and with a 109 directly behind. As my wingman and I
flew into the middle of the engagement the E/A were surprised into rolling
away from the ships they were attacking and we were all able to take a
heading for home. At this time there were four P-38s left besides my
wingman and myself. As we started home we were followed by E/A and we
tried to out run them. One of the four P-38s ran away from the rest and
disappeared. The five of us remaining were eventually caught by the E/A
and engaged again."
"In view of the circumstances it is my personal opinion that the P-38 we saw shot down was piloted by Major Joel and the one that ran away from us was piloted by Lt. Garvin, who did not return."
The fact that Major Joel was a Jew brought his fate as a downed airman
a matter of great concern by his entire unit. Major Joel was downed
near Oldenburg, Germany.
His name is on the Wall of the Missing,
Cambridge American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, Cambridgeshire,
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