|Pilot 2nd Lt. Jean D. Jackson, USAAF (MIA / KIA) Tulsa, OK
Crashed September 5, 1942
Built by Bell. Intended for delivery to the Royal Air Force (RAF). Instead delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 41st Fighter Squadron. No known nose art, nickname or nose number.
On September 5, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a mission to escort A-20 Havocs from the 3rd Bombardment Group, 89th Bombardment Squadron on a mission over Buna Airfield then to strafe landing barges at Sanananda Point.
Returning, the Airacobras began strafing the Kokoda Pass area. While this Airacobra was diving on Kokoda and on pulling up from the target, it crashed straight into trees causing the plane to crash and burn. When this aircraft failed to return, Jackson was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Jackson was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at the Manila American Cemetery.
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individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) - Jean D. Jackson
41st Fighter Squadron Diary - 5 September 1942
"2nd Lt. J. D. Jackson (Smoky), while on a straffing mission had straffed Buna Drome, Sannanda 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."
Joe Baugher "Airacobra I for RAF, P-400"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jean D. Jackson
FindAGrave - Lieut Jean Delano Jackson (obituary)
"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."
DPMO Service Personnel Not Recovered Following WWI - Jackson, Jean D.
Thanks to Edward Rogers and Daniel Leahy for their assistance with this profile
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January 5, 2018