670th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

2Lt. Herman Carlton Jones Jr.

Bombardier/Navigator,  O-749966

Killed In Training - Oct 18, 1943

670th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 13-Jul-1920, Oconee County, Georgia

Entered Military Service: Date: 4-Sep-1940 At: Ft Mcpherson, Atlanta, GA From: Bibb County, Georgia
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 18019897

Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Macon, Georgia

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Lt. Hermand C. Jones Funeral Will Be Held in Macon

Lt. Herman C. Jones Jr., whose parents live at 250 College street, received fatal injuries Monday night in a plane crash near Lake Charles, La., Army Field. The body is expected to reach Macon today and funeral arrangements will be announced later by Hart'smortuary.

Lieutenant Jones was born at Oconee, Ga., July 13, 1920, the son of Herman C. Jones Jr., and Mrs. Lois Avant Jones. He was graduated from the Darlington, S. C., High schoold and from the Atlantic Christian College, Wilson, N. C., and was a member of the Bay Springs Methodist church.

He volunteered for service in the U.S. Army Air Corps in September, 1940, and the next month was sent to Wheeler Field, near Honlulu, Hawaii, where he remained for two years. He was there when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Returning to the States in December, 1942, he continued his courses and received his commission as second lieutenant and his bombardier wings at Roswell, N. M., on July 10, 1943. Because of his high rating as a bombardier and his outstanding ability in all his military service, he was selected to take further training at the Carlsbad Army Air Field, N. M. There he received his diploma in "dead reckoning" navigation. He also held a certificate in radio communication.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Howell, Oconee, and Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Jones, Sandersville; five aunts, Mrs. Austin Browning, Helena; Mrs. H. N. Sears, Alamo; Mrs. J. J. Branan, Macon; Mrs. J. W. Tyson, Atlanta; Mrs. L. G. Frankin, Warner Robins; two uncles, Roy Jones, Alliance, Ohio; W. G. Howell, Oconee.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

Nature of Accident: Airplane flew into ground while attempting to land at Air Field.

Cause of Accident: Pilot had returned with three-ship formation from cross-country trip to Barksdale Field. A haze of smoke and fog had moved over the field. The pilot made five attempts at landing, and on sixth attempt flew into the ground.

About 2000 on the night of the 18th, while night flying in weather that had moved in quite rapidly, 1st Lt John H. White, and his gunner, Cpl David S. Eckert, were killed when their plane crashed. Second Lieutenant Herman C. Jones, Bombardier-Navigator, was killed while flying with 1st Lt Robert J. Duthu; they overshot the field in bad weather. Lt Duthu was severly injured, but recovered.
(416th BG History 1943)

10-18-43I. Lake Charles, Louisiana. At 2125,a Douglas A-20G crashed into trees two miles northeast of the Army Air Field at Lake Charles, Louisiana, while flying over the wreckage of an A-20G that had flew into the trees just two minutes earlier. Bombardiernavigator 2Lt. Herman C. Jones, Jr. was killed in the crash and pilot 1Lt. Robert J. Duthu and gunner SSgt. Robert E. Lee, Jr. were seriously injured. The airplane was part of a flight of three A-20G airplanes that was returning to the field after a night formation and crosscountry navigation flight. Investigators noted that a thick formation of fog, haze and smoke had entered the area at about 2100. The surviving pilots reported that visibility was adversely affected. The flight had approached the field for landing when one of the airplanes flew into the trees and exploded. Lt. Duthu flew over the burning wreckage and reported the accident to the control tower when he also flew into the trees. The airplane did not burn but was completely demolished. See 10-18-43H.
(Mireles, Vol. 2, Pg. 553)

See also AAR 44-10-18-21

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Monday, August 9, 1943, Macon Telegraph (Macon, Georgia), Page 12
Friday, October 22, 1943, Macon Telegraph (Macon, Georgia), Page 8
Saturday, October 23, 1943, Macon Telegraph (Macon, Georgia), Page 6
Sunday, October 24, 1943, Macon Telegraph (Macon, Georgia), Page 4
Friday, October 22, 1943, Macon Telegraph (Macon, Georgia), Page 8
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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