Jensen, Jack P., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
418th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
North Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1054, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Jack P. Jensen was born in 1918, in Washington. His parents were Otto J. and Violet Jensen. The US Census 1920 lists the family in West Cedar Lake; the US Census 1930 has them in Arlington; while the US Census 1940 shows them in Bellingham, Washington.

No enlistment data has been located for Jensen, but given the fact he was an officer when assigned to crew training in 1943, a likely date of entry would be 1942. He was given training as a pilot, then commissioned and awarded wings. He was assigned to crew training as a co-pilot on a training crew.

The crew deployed to England in November, 1943. Jensen and the crew flew at least 15 missions. On February 4, 1944, the crew was scheduled to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany.

In the target area, the formation was attacked by both enemy fighters and flak batteries. The aircraft was hit by flak, and at least one engine began smoking. The pilot pulled it from the formation and started a return trip to England. Enemy aircraft followed and attempted to down it, but couldn't. More flak was encountered at the Dutch coast, and the plane vanished, presumably crashing in the North Sea.

Several bodies washed ashore in the next few days. Jensen was never recovered, and today is remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Holland.


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Comments/Citation
Lt Jack P. Jensen was performing the duty of co-pilot on B-17G # 42-37975, unnamed, assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron. (The crew's regular aircraft, B-17G # 42-3805, named "Bastard's Bungalow," was in maintenance for engine change.)

Missing Air Crew Report 2343 contains details of this loss. Crew rosters show the crew was:

1 Lt William E. Green  p
2 Lt Jack P. Jensen  c-p
2 Lt John J. Joyce  nav
2 Lt John S. Hamilton  bomb
SSgt Roman B. Beran  eng/tt gun
SSgt Robert W. Valentik  r/o
SSgt Richard K. Anderegg  btg
SSgt Sanford Tisdale  wg
SSgt Harry J. Waskewicz  wg
SSgt Leroy R. Leist  tail gun


Ranks and grades as of mission date.

SSgt Valentik replaced SSgt Tom Sasser while in training.

In the crew photo - training, Jensen is in the front row, 2nd from left.

In the crew photo - combat, Jensen is in the back row, at left.

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