Jack King Wisener

Jack King Wisener

Birth
Cherokee County, Texas, USA
Death 20 Mar 1980 (aged 58)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Wells, Cherokee County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 70841401 · View Source
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Son of: William C Wisener & Winnie King Wisener

Husband of Beatrice Williamson Wisener.

Father of: Sandra, Russell & Donald Michael Wisener

Mr. Wisener studied law at the University of Texas, Austin. He was a member of PI KAPPA ALPHA

Jack K. Wisener, Bombardier B-17F "Georgia Peach" 41-24454

Background
Born in Ponta, Cherokee County Texas in 1921. He met his future wife Beatrice while they were in the fourth grade. They were married in 1940. He joined the US Army on 10 November 1941 and trained as a bombardier in Oklahoma and Florida.

He received orders to depart for California in December 1942 and was shipped out to Australia where he was assigned to the 43rd Bomb Group in January 1943. He flew combat missions over the next several months with the 65th Squadron.

Shot Down by Night fighter over Rabaul
Lt. Wisener was bombardier aboard B-17F "Georgia Peach" 41-24454, one of seven B-17's flying on an night time mission to bomb Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. They completed their bomb run and departed the area.

Wisener told his wife after the war that he had removed his parachute and was attending to paperwork when their B-17 was unexpectedly and violently hit. They had been attacked from beneath by a J1N1 Irving night fighter piloted by Shigetoshi Kudo who had targeted the bomber after it had been caught in the beams of search lights at 0314.

Wisener parchuted out of the plane and landed safely in a jungle covered area of New Britain where he would spend the next nine days wandering through the forest. He sustained himself on freshwater from streams and any animals he could catch. He motivated himself to continue moving by repeatedly saying "Sandra", the name of his newborn daughter. He finally reached a plantation operated by a "Dutchman" who welcomed him and gave him food. Unknown to Wisener the owner had sent a runner with a message to the nearby Japanese troops who soon turned up and captured him.

Prisoner
Despite all of Wisener's travails to this point things now would be much worse for him. He was taken to the prison run by the Japanese Navy at Rabaul where he was repeatedly beaten and interrogated. Wisener insisted that he didn't know anything but they did not let up. He received no medical care and very little food. He was later transported aboard a ship to Japan where he was interned at the Omori POW Camp near Tokyo, until the end of the war. He was the only member of his B-17 crew to survive the war.

After a lengthy recovery, he found work as a Postmaster.

He ran for political office and was elected a Texas State Representative. He stayed active in politics for several years before going to work in the private sector.



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