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 William Jones

William Jones

Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Death 17 Sep 2002 (aged 87)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 13A Site 16
Memorial ID 49442258 · View Source
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Lt. Col. William "Bill" Jones, USAF (Ret.) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Eugenie Emma Genik, a native of Ukraine, and Charles Arthur Jones, a native of London, England.

In 1916 the family immigrated to Goleta, California where his father developed a walnut ranch. He attended local schools and a desire to fly airplanes drove him to enlist in the Army in 1939. He soon received his wings and was assigned to the Philippines. His ship was just one day away when Pearl Harbor was attacked. His squadron flew out of the Fiji Islands for six months until he broke his back crash-landing a damaged plane.

After recovering, he was sent to England. From D-Day to Spring of 1945 he led his squadron hedge-hopping across Europe in a P-47 "D."

He was the recipient of many medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Clusters, and his squadron was awarded the Unit Citation with two Bronze Oak Leaves.

After WWII he was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. where the Strategic Air Command was organized. He moved with it to Omaha, Nebraska where he met and married M. Jeanne Palmer in January 1950.

He was sent to England in 1951 where SAC set up the 7th Air Division. In 1955 he was stationed at Carswell A.F. B. in Ft. Worth commanding a squadron of B-36s, which was converted to B-52s in 1959.

Retiring in 1964 he settled in San Antonio to enjoy time with his family, traveling and his hobby, the stock market.

He was buried with full military honors.

From an article in the Santa Barbra News Press, September 12, 1943:
"Napier Field, Dothan, Ala., Sept. 11---First Lieutenant William Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Jones of Goleta, has attained the rank of captain in the Army Air forces, it was announced here. Captain Jones received his pilot rating in October 1941, and served in the Fiji Islands until an accident made it necessary for his return to the continental United States. Jones wears the Asiatic Pacific ribbon and the medal of expert aerial gunner. The Goletan attended Santa Barbara High School and was employed by the California Forest service in Red Bluff until he enlisted in the Army in 1938. Jones has two brothers in the Army Air Forces and a sister serving as a nurse in India."

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Jones (26 Dec 1914–17 Sep 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49442258, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Dorothy Oksner (contributor 46619695) .