LtCol. Charles O. Jones
LtCol. Charles O. Jones
338th FS - 12 September 1942 - 08 March 1944
HdQts - 08 March 1944 - 30 January 1945
|Score Detail||13 December 1943
Me-109 damaged (air)
05 January 1944 Me-109 destroyed (air) Neumunster
|Notes||Born in Spokane, Washington, 17 March 1917.
Entered service from Portland, Oregon.
ASN - O-427138
12 September 1942 - Transferred from the 37th Fighter Squadron to the 338th Fighter Squadron
20 November 1943 - Awarded the Air Medal
20 December 1943 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
05 February 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
10 February 1944 - Assumed position of Group Leader on mission, after LtCol. Jenkins returned early.
07 March 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
08 March 1944 - Temporary Attachment to the Headquarters, 55th Fighter Group
08 March 1944 - Relieved as 338th FS Operations Officer
29 June 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross
10 October 1944 - Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
11 November 1944 - Assigned Deputy Group Commander
Downed on 20
We had been strafing trains and I had just destroyed a gun emplacement
when I heard a "plunk" that told me the plane was hit some where. Smoke
started coming out the exhaust stacks, one and then another bearing burned
out and started knocking, and smoke was filling the cockpit so badly I
could hardly see the instruments. I had turned south toward friendly
territory in France. Soon the engine lost power and I had to lower the
nose and glide to maintain flying speed. Using my oxygen mask kept me from
breathing the smoke, but I still couldn't read the instruments to make
sure I was going south.
The next morning a man riding a bicycle and precariously holding the
handle bars of another arrived. After many good-byes and merci beaucoup
the man and I peddled off down the road. We hadn't gone very far when we
met a tank coming our way. It didn't take any genius to recognize it as
Canadian, as it had a large maple leaf painted on its front. A Lt. Allen
came out of the hatch when I motioned them to stop. After a few pointed
questions he accepted me as an American and I stayed with his unit that
night. The next day they provided me with a jeep and a driver and we went
to Ghent, Belgium. After a night on the town I was flown back to England
on an English courier plane.
30 January 1945 - Ended Tour of Duty
Charles O. Jones and 338th FS ground crew (F.
LtCol. Charles O. Jones (Robert M. Littlefield)
Post war shot of LtCol. Jones serving in the USAF (R.
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