SSgt Wesley Leon Jones

SSgt Wesley Leon Jones

Birth
Cedar Township, Dade County, Missouri, USA
Death 1 Aug 1943 (aged 21–22)
Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
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John Dowdy (#47791572) 4-2-2013

Tail Gunner S/Sgt Wesley Jones DFC KIA
Hometown: Spokane, Wash
Squadron: 345th BS 98th Bomb Group
Service# 20726166
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot 1st/Lt. John J. Dore Jr. DFC KIA

Target; Low level mission to destroy Rumanian Oil Fields Ploesti.
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Date Lost: 1-Aug-43
Serial Number: 42-40102
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter: T
Aircraft Name: OLD BALDY
Location: Lost near the target, Ploesti
Cause: AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Crew 10 10KIA

Sgt. Jones lost his life in action while on duty with the 98th Bomb Group for "Operation Tidal Wave " one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the crew of OLD BALDY destroy Rumanian oil refineries. Sgt. Jones was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor on this mission.


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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56364490
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Wesley Leon Jones (1921–1 Aug 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56364490, citing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by R & S (contributor 46634910) .