JACKSON, WILLIAM BRINCKERHOFF, Staff Sergeant, # 11072514, USAAF

 

William B. Jackson was born on 21 March 1920 in Hamden, New Haven Co., Connecticut, to John Day Jackson (1868-1961) and Rose Marie (Herrick) Jackson (1888-1977) (IL). Siblings included Richard Seymour Jackson (1910-1974), John Herrick Jackson (1912-1951), Henry W. Jackson (1913-1986), Lionel Stewart Jackson (1915-1999), Rose D. (Jackson) Milbank nee Sheppard (1916-1998), Katherine (Jackson) Reese (1917-2005), Harriet (Jackson) Ely (1917-1995). He was married to Mary Esther (Krech) Gould nee Jackson (1921-1995) (married 26 July 1941), whom in 1942 lived at 1060 5th Ave, New York City, New York. They had two daughters.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941 and described himself as 6’1”, 152 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Connecticut and was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machiguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6389, “Party Girl,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the steel works at Mukden, Manchuria. 2ndLt Sybesma was the co-pilot. B-29 42-6389 bombed its target and was on the return leg of its flight to the airfield near Nancheng, about 1 ½ hours out of Pengshan. The formation leader advised 42-6389 to descend and the B-29 was last seen making a 180º turn to its left to begin the descent procedure. It encountered icing conditions and climbed. It crashed soon afterwards. Cheng Queng Lih, village leader, and Shen Fo Chen said that at about 1800 hours, 7 December 1944, a loud explosion was heard and there was a fire atop Mt. Hawo. On 8 December, the villagers climbed to the South side of Mt. Hawo, where the crash site was on an almost vertical side. They reached the wreckage after a climb on 10 December at 1200 hours. Found part of tail section that was olive drab. The wreckage burned after the crash. They found the bombardiers manual in a tree. Ten bodies were found and buried there. The bombardier’s manual had name: 1stLt Bugher, John A. (spelling blurred). He was a crewman of 42-6389. The loading list included 1stLt Calvin L. Lyons, 1stLt Waldo R. Schneider, 1stLt James W. Smith, 1stLt John A. Bugher, 2ndLt Lawrence Syresma, SSgt Newman Borhart, SSgt Joseph Micchiche, SSgt William R. Jackson, SSgt Sisto A. Algieri, SSgt Laurence A. Fink and SSgt Russell W. Peters. After his remains were recovered from China, he was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. A, Grave 596). The family placed a memorial marker in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.