|Captain Lawrence Jones went missing in action while flying his C-47 from America to North Africa.|
Lawrence E. Jones never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on February 24, 1918 in Nebraska. His parents Wallace and Ruth were born in Nebraska and Kansas, respectively. His father worked as a postal clerk. Lawrence had one younger brother who served in the navy in WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. By 1940 Lawrence had completed three years of college and was living at home.
He enlisted in the army on January 10, 1942. He volunteered for the Army Air Forces and became a pilot and captain in the 94th Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group which was equipped with C-47 Skytrains. The 439th TCG was ordered from the United States to England in February 1944. Captain Jones was listed as missing in action on February 21, 1944, three days before his 26th birthday.. My best guess is that his plane was lost over the Atlantic and never made it to its interim stop in North Africa.
His cenotaph grave is at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
Last year on this date I profiled Leonard Tracy, 88th Infantry Division. You can read about Leonard here.
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