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On 6 May 1944, a P-38H-5-LO Lightning, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 449th Fighter Squadron, at Suichwan, China, departed the air field at Lingling China, on a B-25 bomber escort mission over Hankow, China. The P-38 was last seen about 40 miles SW of Hankow, China. It was flown by 2ndLt William P. Jones, 0-748994, who was killed in action. The witness was 1stLt Fred (NMI) Soudday, 0-884161. 1stLt Soudday reported that he last saw 2ndLt Jones, along with his flight of P-38s, make a head on attack of about twenty enemy fighters near Tatung Lake, about 40 miles SW of Hankow, China.

 

JONES, WILLIAM PERRY, Second Lieutenant, # 0-748994, USAAF

 

William P. Jones was born on 25 May 1922 in Chadron, Dawes, Nebraska, to Russell Earl Jones (1902-1960) and Myrtle Joy (Senneff) Jones (1899-1992). Siblings included Ruth Lucille (Jones) Kerchen nee Durlin (1922-    ), Carol E. Jones (1925-    ) and half-siblings Margaret McDowell (1932-    ) and Perry W. McDowell (1921-    ).

 

He enlisted while living in Illinois. He completed fighter pilot training, earned his commission and pilot wings, and was sent overseas to 14th Air Force in China. On 6 May 1944, a P-38H-5-LO Lightning, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 449th Fighter Squadron, at Suichwan, China, departed the air field at Lingling China, on a B-25 bomber escort mission over Hankow, China. The P-38 was last seen about 40 miles SW of Hankow, China. 1stLt Soudday reported that he last saw 2ndLt Jones, along with his flight of P-38s, make a head on attack of about twenty enemy fighters near Tatung Lake. His remains were recovered by Graves Registration and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii Plot A, Grave 779). He was awarded the Purple Heart.