Col. Jack S. Jenkins


(Jack Jenkins via NARS)

Col. Jack S. Jenkins

HdQts - States - 10 April 1944 (Prisoner of War)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H CG-J 42-67074 "Texas Ranger" (Jack Jenkins via NARS)
P-38J CG-J "Texas Ranger II"
P-38J CG-J "Texas Ranger III"
P-38J CG-J 42-67825 "Texas Ranger IV" (Roger Freeman)

Mission History

Not Known

Known Mission List

55th FG  Mission #

Date Target
1 15 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands
2 16 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands
3 17 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands (led group)
4 18 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands
5 19 October 1943 Sweep - Ameins Area
6 20 October 1943 Duren
7 22 October 1943 Cambrai
8 24 October 1943 St. Andre L'Eure
9 03 November 1943 Wilhelmshaven (led group)
11 07 November 1943 Sweep-Ostend-St Omer Area (led group)
13 10 November 1943 Montdidier Airdrome
15 13 November 1943 Bremen (led group)
16 25 November 1943 Sweep - Lille Area (led group)
18 29 November 1943 Bremen (led group)
20 01 December 1943 Solingen
24 16 December 1943 Bremen (led group)
26 22 December 1943 Osnabruck (led group)
27 24 December 1943 Pas De Calais
33 11 January 1944 Lille (Swindle White Leader)
40 03 February 1944 Wilhelmshaven (led group)
42 05 February 1944 Chatearaux (led group)
43 06 February 1944 Dijon (led group)
45 10 February 1944 Brunswick (early return, mechanical trouble)
56 03 March 1944 Berlin (led group and USAAF over Berlin)
59 08 March 1944 Berlin (led group)
61 15 March 1944 Brunswick (led group)
63 18 March 1944 Friedrichshafen (led group)
68 08 April 1944 Salzbergen (led group)
70 10 April 1944 St. Dizier (led group on first Droopsnoot)
Air Scores

2-1-1

Ground Scores

0-0

Score Detail 03 November 1943  Me-109 destroyed (air) Spiekeroog Isle
03 November 1943  FW-190 probable (air) Wilhelmshaven
25 November 1943  FW-190 destroyed (air) La Bassee
11 January 1944  Me-210 damaged (air) Dummer Lake
Notes Born in De Leon, Texas, 17 November 1914.
From Levelland, Texas.
Commanding Officer for 55th Fighter Group from 06 February 1944 - 10 April 1944.
MACR No. 03620
Hit by flak on 10 April 1944 at Coulommiers, whilst strafing the airfield and flying "Texas Ranger IV".
20 November 1943 - Awarded the Air Medal
06 December 1943 - Awarded Oakleaf Cluster
20 December 1943 - Awarded Oakleaf Cluster
27 December 1943 - Awarded Oakleaf Cluster
20 January 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
06 February 1944 - Assumed command of the 55th Fighter Group and Station 131
11 February 1944 - Relieved as Air Executive
28 March 1944 - Appointed Colonel
Crew - T/Sgt. Carl R. Causey
Memories
Additional Photos Colour photo of Col. Jenkins and his first "Texas Ranger" P-38
(Roger Freeman)

Colour photo of Col. Jenkins' "Texas Ranger" nose art on his P-38.  Note that the gun compartment door has been salvaged from an earlier P-38 and installed on a replacement plane. (Robert and Donna Sand)

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