Jacobs, Julius J., Jr., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Francisco
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Apr 13, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Italy
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Julius J. Jacobs was born in California in 1920, according to his enlistment documents. His parents were Julius J., Sr and Edna E. Jacobs. The US Censuses 1930 and 1940 show the family living in San Francisco, California.

Jacobs enlisted in San Francisco, California on July 3, 1941, coming from the California National Guard. He enlisted as a private. His enlistment papers state he had completed 3 years of high school, and was employed as a semi-skilled teamster.

He was trained as both a flight engineer and as an aerial gunner. He was assigned to the 301st Bomb Group and deployed to England. He was a member of the Thomas crew, and flew missions across Europe, mainly France.

In October, 1942, the 301st Bomb Group transferred several aircraft and crews to North Africa. Jacobs flew missions against targets in Tunisia, Sicily, and Italy. On April 13, 1943, the target was the Castel-Veterano Air Drome in Sicily. The aircraft failed to return from this mission. There is no located record that explains the fate of the crew or aircraft - just the MACR that states "Failed to Return."

Jacobs is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia on the Walls of the Missing, according to findagrave.com.


www.findagrave.com
www.ancestry.com
www.301stbg.com/Missions_Macrs.cfm
www.301bg.com/Jacobs_Julius_J5994.301BG.cfm
www.abmc.gov
NARA Enlistment Records
 

  

Comments/Citation
TSgt Julius J. Jacobs, Jr. was the assigned flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17F #41-24394, named "Hockamolocko Jock VI BB," assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron. No explanation is given for the name, nor what it means. It is just recorded in 301st Bomb Group records as such.

Missing Air Crew Report 16302 was issued, but outside a crew listing, it only states the "aircraft failed to return." Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt Jerry E. Thomas  p
1 Lt Duke D. Cummings  c-p
1 Lt Harry A. Wann, Jr.  nav
1 Lt William E. Loewecke  bomb
TSgt Julius J. Jacobs  eng/tt gun
TSgt Joel B. Busby  r/o
SSgt Ray O. Weeks  btg
SSgt James Agee  wg
Sgt  Robert F. Nance  photo
SSgt Richard J. Carignan  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Service photo source:
www.301bg.com/Jacobs_Julius_J5994.301BG.cfm

NOTE: The American Battlefield Monuments Commission lists TSgt Jacobs as having been awarded the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters. 301st Bomb Group records show the award of 4. Decorations listed here are those from the 301st Bomb Group.

   
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