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Jack Smith Ford

Military

24 AUG 1943 after takeoff from N. Africa, shuttlerun to Regensburg, A/C B-17 #42-30230 'Homesick Angel' ran out of gas and crashed in cornfield in Suffolk.

DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PUC

Service

People

  • Henry Rodgers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    24 AUG 1943 after takeoff from N. Africa, shuttlerun to Regensburg, A/C B-17 #42-30230 'Homesick Angel' ran out of gas and crashed in cornfield in Suffolk.

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30230 Homesick Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; following Regensburg shuttle mission suffered battle damaged over Bordeaux on return trip to base 24/8/43, with Lloyd...

  • 42-3295 Tech Supply / Wailuiku Maui

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/43; Bangor 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 TECH SUPPLY; crash landed base ex-Pas De Calais 24/12/43, Salvaged 2/6/45. WAILUIKU MAID.

  • 42-39861 Ramp Tramp

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 23/9/43; Gr Island 13/10/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 26/10/43; sal 31/5/45.

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Harmony, North Carolina 14 February 1923
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 24 July 1943 – 20 December 1943
Lived in Caldwell County, NC, USA 1946
Enlisted Fort Bragg, NC, USA 14 February 1946

Re-enlistment

Died Florida, USA 4 February 2005
Buried Bushnell, FL 33513, USA 8 February 2005

Florida National Cemetery • Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida, USA
Plot Sec 1D ROW 2A, Site 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2020 22:20:42 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2017 01:32:02 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-PAW02-...

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2017 05:07:09 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49687186/jack-s-ford
http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-FOR03-...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p.254-5 with picture of plane

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