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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Jean D. Jackson, O-429949 (MIA / KIA) Tulsa, OK
Crashed September 5, 1942
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. At the factory, painted in a three-color camouflage scheme for delivery to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as P-400 Airacobra serial number unknown (two letters and three digits). Instead, delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-400 Airacobra and retained the RAF serial number. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
During 1942 assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 35th Fighter Group (35th FG), 41st Fighter Squadron "The Flying Buzzsaws". No known nose art, nickname or nose number.
On September 5, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by 2nd Lt. Jean D. Jackson on a mission to escort A-20 Havocs from the 3rd Bombardment Group (3rd BG), 89th Bombardment Squadron (89th BS) on on a strike against Buna Airfield then to strafe Japanese barges off Sanananda Point.
Returning, the escorting Airacobras strafed targets in the Kokoda Pass area. This Airacobra performed a dive over Kokoda and when it pulled up from strafing run crashed into trees causing the plane to crash and burn. When this aircraft failed to return he was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Jackson was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He earned the Silver Star, Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Jackson is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing. He remains listed as Missing In Action (MIA) to this day.
George Allen Jackson (father born 1892)
Alberta C. "Bertie" Jackson (mother born 1888)
Patsy (née Jackson) McFetridge (sister died April 29, 2014)
Bob Walker McFetridge (brother in law born 1924)
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NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Jean D. Jackson
individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) - Jean D. Jackson
Airacobra I for RAF, P-400
41st Fighter Squadron Diary - 5 September 1942
"2nd Lt. J. D. Jackson (Smoky), while on a straffing mission had straffed Buna Drome, Sanananda and the barges at Sannanda Point, Buna to Kokoda Road and the Kokoda Strip. Lt. Jackson was killed in action as he was straffing Kokoda Pass. He was diving on Kokoda and on pulling up from the target went straight into the trees. His plane crashed and burned."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jean D. Jackson lists service number as "2 LT" [sic]
FindAGrave - Lieut Jean Delano Jackson (obituary, tablets of the missing photo)
"Jean Delano Jackson, First Lieutenant, U. S. Army Air Corps. Home address: Tulsa, Tulsa County. Mrs. G. A. Jackson, Mother, 1345 South Lewis, Tulsa. Born March 12, 1919. Enlisted March 16, 1940. Decorations: Order of the Purple Heart; Air Medal; Silver Star. Of Cherokee Indian descent. One of the flyers of the first offensive in the fight for New Guinea by General MacArthur's forces. Died September 5, 1942, Southwest Pacific."
DPAA "Service Personnel Not Recovered Following WWII from Oklahoma" - Jackson, Jean D.
Thanks to Edward Rogers and Daniel Leahy for additional research and analysis
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