JENSEN, NELS GRAY, Corporal, # 14097564, USAAF

 

Nels G. Jensen was born on 22 July 1922 in Mississippi to Niels Christian Jensen (1893-1978) and Nannie Mae (Gray) Jensen (1895-1987). Siblings included Myrtle Marie (Jensen) (1918-2007), Dorothy Mae (Jensen) Spurgeon (1927-2016), Eugene L. Jensen (1929-2016), and Audrey Jensen (1933-    ) (NE).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, on 3 July 1942. He was trained the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-46. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 20 October 1944, a C-46, # 42-107300, assigned to 20th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a routive flight, returning to Sookerating, India. The last contact was in the vicinity of Ledo, India, at about 0021 hours. A rescue search unit reported finding the crashed C-46 with all crewmen killed on 28 October 1944, at about 25 miles SW of Shingbwiyang, Burma, and about 6 miles East of Ramnu, Burma. All crewmen were identified by dog tags and the pilot by an ID bracelet. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Macon, Noxubee Co., Mississippi. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.