|Birth: ||Nov. 13, 1910|
|Death: ||Sep. 28, 1944|
Sgt Jacobson was the radio operator of a B-17G bomber (s/n 43-37834) Mission No. 128
'This mission to Magdeberg turned out to be one of the worst mission for the 457th since it began flying. Six crews were lost. The Group put up 36 planes and their target was to be the Krupp machine shops at Magdeberg where anti-aircraft guns and tanks were made. Just before reaching the IP the group was attacked by 25 to 50 ME-109's and FW-190's. The fighters attacked from 4 oclock and 9 o'clock low and hit hardest at the rear of the formation. Five planes were lost to fighters: 43-37518, 43-38181, 43-38026, 43-37834 and 42-97470. One other plane, 42-102948, was lost to flak at the target. Bombing was by PFF and the results were unobserved. P-51's arrived to drive off the attacking planes after the damage was done. Three other planes received major damage and twelve received minor damage from flak and fighters.'
'Plane 43-37834, flown by Lt Fred J. Lockwald, was hit by fighters just moments after turning on the IP. Details of exactally what happened to these planes on this attack are scarce. The attack lasted 13 minutes. There were about 50 ME-109's and FW-190's that hit from below at six and nine o'clock. The damage was done by 30 mm cannon shells and this plane, along with four others in the Squadron, left the formation and crashed in Germany. Two of the crew [2nd Lt Joseph Jirik & Sgt Jacobson] were killed and the rest POW's.'
(Narrative adapted from the 457th Bomb Group Association website.)
His remains were not recovered until after the war when records from the Germans disclosed where he had been buried.
Note: SGT USAAF
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