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Jack Junior Oberhansly


Lt. Colonel Jack Oberhansly, from Spanish Fork, Utah, was commissioned and received his wings on 12 December 1941 at Luke Field, Phoenix Arizona. He joined the 14th Pursuit Group, 48th Pursuit Squadron. He later transferred to the 78th Fighter Group, 82nd Squadron on 1 May 1942. He became the Commanding Officer of the 82nd Squadron on 7 August 1943 to May 1944. He then became Deputy Commanding Officer of the 78th Fighter Group in August 1944. Assigned to the 4th Fighter Group as Deputy Commanding Officer on 4 December 1944.The next day he became acting Group Commander. He spent the next three months with the 4th Fighter Group during a period of little activity.
In February 1945 he was transferred to the 372nd Fighter Group as Commanding Officer.
Oberhansly, with 150 combat hours in his plane "Iron Ass" had nine victories, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Croix-de-Guerre with Palm.
After the war ended, he served as Commanding Officer of the 191st Fighter Squadron of the Utah Air National Guard from 1946 to 1948.
He died on 6 September 1981.


Units served with


  • 42-76547

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter bombing mission to Evreaux area, last seen strafing trucks in the Beaumont Le Roger area. Shot down 10-Jun-44. Pilot Lt Robert L Baker Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5617.

  • 44-11661 "Iron Ass"

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost on bomber escort mission to Herford, Germany. On return whilst strafing canal traffic, A/C bellied in Fehndorf, Meppen county, Ger. Pilot F/O Alvin L Hand POW. 24-Feb-45. MACR 12625.

  • 44-19566 'Iron Ass' 'No Guts-No Glory'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Clinton, UT 21 January 1919

Son of John Edward and Mina [Spencer[ Oberhansly.

Enlisted Salt Lake City, UT 26 April 1941

Salt Lake City, Utah

Based Duxford May 1942 – December 1944

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Debden December 1944 – February 1945

Transferred to 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died San Clemente, CA 6 September 1982
Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA 9 September 1982

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California


Date Contributor Update
08 April 2021 19:43:13 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2017 02:31:24 fugari Changes to middlename, role, biography, awards, events and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
16 August 2017 15:35:41 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, unit associations and media associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2015 14:53:14 apollo11 Changes to biography, awards and events

All information correct as far as I am aware.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia