44-11043         MACR 14727

 

On 20 June 1945 a P-51C-10NT Mustang, # 44-11043, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 26th Fighter Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield to bomb and strafe Hanoi, French Indochina (Vietnam). His fighter was hit by anti-aircraft fire and was last contacted by radio at about 1435 hours near 22° 50’ North & 105° 03’ East. The pilot was 2ndLt John H. Jobson, # 0-819642. He called his flight leader (Lt.Col. E.F. Carey, 0-388885) and said his engine was cutting out and that coolant and oil were hot. He bailed out about 2 minutes after his first radio call. He got out at 6,500’ altitude and was seen to land and gather his parachute.

 

JOBSON, JOHN HENRY, First Lieutenant, # 0-810642, USAAF

 

John H. Jobson was born 23 October 1923 in Mentone, Alabama, to Herbert George Jobson and Mary Alice (Nail) Guess nee Jobson (1901-1967) (married Herbert G. Jobson 1912 in Tynemouth, Northumberland Co., England) (married Simon Y. Guess 15 July 1928, DeKalb Co., AL). He attended Woodlawn High School).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by Lamson & Sessions Bolt Co, resided at 975 48th St., Bingham, Jefferson Co., AL, and described himself as 5’10”, 146 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.  He enlisted in the USAAF on 18 February 1943 in Miami Beach, Florida. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the North American P-51 Mustang. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 20 June 1945 a P-51C-10NT Mustang, # 44-11043, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 26th Fighter Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield to bomb and strafe Hanoi, French Indochina (Vietnam). His fighter was hit by anti-aircraft fire and was last contacted by radio at about 1435 hours near 22° 50’ North & 105° 03’ East. He called his flight leader (Lt.Col. E.F. Carey, 0-388885) and said his engine was cutting out and that coolant and oil were hot. He bailed out about 2 minutes after his first radio call. He got out at 6,500’ altitude and was seen to land and gather his parachute. However, he was killed afterwards and his remains were not recovered. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.