LtCol. Joseph Myers Jnr.


(D. Morris)

LtCol. Joseph Myers Jnr.

38th FS - June 1942 - 08 May 1944
HdQts - February 1945 - June 1945

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H CG-O
P-38J CG-O 42-67685 "Journey's End" (Robert and Donna Sand)
P-51K CG-V

Mission History

130 missions, 430 hours total

Mission List

55th FG  Mission #

Date Target
09 03 November 1943 Wilhelmshaven (Blue Leader)
10 05 November 1943 Gelsenkirchen (White 3)
11 07 November 1943 Sweep - Ostend/St. Omer Area (Blue Leader)
12 07 November 1943 Sweep -  Lille Area (White 3)
15 13 November 1943 Bremen (Red Leader)
16 25 November 1943 Sweep -  Lille Area (Yellow Leader)
29 31 December 1943 Bourdeaux
39 31 January 1944 Sweeps in the Eindhoven/Venlo/Arnhem area (Yellow Leader)
64 22 March 1944 Berlin
69 09 April 1944 Warnemunde (Squadron leader)
326 25 February 1945 Koblenz (Yellow Leader)
327 26 February 1945 Berlin (Squadron Leader with 38th FS - White Leader)
Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable  
Damaged
3-0-2 38FS

plus 1.5-0-0 with 78th FG

Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged
3-1 with 78th FG
Score Detail
(with 55th FG)
03 November 1943  FW-190 damaged (air) N/Wilhelmshaven
05 November 1943 
Me-109 destroyed (air) Arnheim
13 November 1943
  Me-109 destroyed (air) Bremen
13 November 1943  Ju-88 damaged (air) Bremen
31 December 1943  Me-109 destroyed (air) N/Blaye et St. Luce
Notes Born on the 24th December 1918
Entered service from Canton, Ohio.
82nd FS, 78th FG - 04 August 1944 - December 1944
HdQts, 78th FG - December 1944 - February 1944 (P-47s)

Crew Chief - Sgt. J. D. "Dee Dee" Durnin
Asst. Crew Chief - Fred Rumley
Armourer - Sgt. K. P. Bartozeck

20 November 1943 - Awarded the Air Medal
December 1943 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
December 1943 - Awarded a 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
December 1943 - Awarded a 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
December 1943 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
January 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross
04 January 1944 - Crash landed on taxi strip, on single engine after take-off. Totalled plane and 2000 gallon gasoline trailer (CG-O 42- 67685 "Journey's End")
March 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross
25 March 1944 - Promoted to Major
22 April 1944 - Finished 200 hour tour of duty
08 May 1944 - Transferred to 55th Fighter Group Headquarters
26 June 1944 - Re-assigned to the 38th Fighter Squadron
04 August 1944 - Assigned and transferred to the 78th Fighter Group

Passed away on 04 January 2001

Awards
Memories From 'The Stars and Stripes', Friday 28th January 1944
'...and Capt. Joe Myers, of Canton, Ohio, who escorted two crippled P38s and one shot-up Fortress, all in formation, out of Germany some weeks ago, added, "I'll put my P38 up against anything the Germans have.  In fact, I've already done that several times".'
Additional Photos (L-R) Nick Lipucci, Sgt. Bartozeck, Crew Chief Sgt. Durnin and Asst. Crew Chief Fred Rumley
Taken by Robert Sand and reproduced here with the kind permission of David Ethell, from Jeff Ethell's colour slide collection. (http://ww2color.com/)

(L-R) Sgt. Bartozeck, Maj. Myers and Sgt. Durnin in front of Myers' P-38J CG-O "Journey's End" (D. Morris)

LtCol. Myers (J. Zdiarský (www.museum119.cz) from the Dave Jewell collection)

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