2LT Jack Rosey

2LT Jack Rosey

District of Columbia, USA
Death 19 May 1944 (aged 23–24)
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot F, 147-149
Memorial ID 3305481 · View Source
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Husband of Marie Rosey.

Jack served as a 2nd Lt. and Bombardier on B-24J (#44-40065), 859th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in the District of Columbia prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Corps of Military Police (National Guard) on February 3, 1941, prior to the war, in Washington, D.C. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Actor and also as Single, without dependents.

Jack was "Killed In Action" during the war and was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred Belgium and was later repatriated here on November 15, 1950.

Service # O-697761

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )


The Brantley Crew was one of the original crews for the 492nd Bomber Group that trained in Alamogordo, New Mexico. They transferred in as crew 1667 from the CCTS (Combat Crew Training School) in Biggs, Texas, on March 3, 1944. They were assigned to the 859th Bomber Squadron and designated as Crew 905.

Lt. Haywood Brantley signed out for a B-24J, #44-40065. They nicknamed their ship "Silver Lady". In April 1944, they flew their assigned aircraft to North Pickenham, England, via the southern route. Their ground Crew Chief Sgt Beall flew with them, thus bumping Pvt Glasgow onto the Queen Elizabeth.

Lt. Brantley flew as the aircraft commander for Crew 705 for 2 missions. After their first mission part of the crew had become sick. Therefore, on the second mission three of the men were substituted with men from other crews. None of the substitutes survived.

On May 19, 1944, the German Luftwaffe found the 492nd Bomber Group without their fighter protection as they were approaching their target at Brunswick, Germany. The Brantley Crew was shot down on the enemy's second pass of FW-190s. Their left wing had caught fire. The order was given to bail out but only four men were able to get out before the ship exploded into a fireball. One of the four survivors was killed by ground fire. 7 KIA, 3 POW, MACR 5247.

The plane crashed near Niederstocken, Germany, about 30 kilometers from Hannover. The six bodies recovered from the wreck were buried at the Niederstocken Cemetery. They would later be joined by Foster, after his body was discovered about 5 kilometers from town.

After the war, Foster was relocated to the Ardennes American Cemetery, D-11-42. The other six were brought back to the US and buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.


Killed in Action along with Lt. Jack Rosey, and also interred with him include the crew:

Haywood E. Brantley, 2nd Lt., Pilot
Thomas J Magee, Jr., 2nd Lt., Co-Pilot
John H Zahn, Jr., 2nd Lt., Navigator
Frank A Calicchio, Tech Sgt, Radio
Henry O DeVisser, Staff Sgt, Engineer

Sergeant Foster's Grave at Ardennes:
Sgt. John F. Foster, Gunner, KIA

Prisoner's Of War from this flight included:
S/Sgt Howard A. Linn, Gunner
S/Sgt John W. Williams, Gunner
Sgt Clifford E. Glasgow, Gunner

Crew not on this mission:
F/O Thomas J. Kingston, Navigator
S/Sgt Clarence A. Majchrzak, Radio Op.
(Later KIA)
Sgt Willard C. Bristlin, Gunner
S/Sgt Robbie W. Beall

(Crew report supplied by John Dowdy)




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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3305481
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Jack Rosey (1920–19 May 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3305481, citing Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .