Sunday, April 8, 2018

WW2 Fallen - P-47 pilot Douglas Jacks

Lt. Douglas Jacks, shown here with wife Mary, was a P-47 pilot in the 50th Fighter Group. 
Douglas A. Jacks never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on April 8, 1918 in California. His parents John and Ethel were born in Colorado and Kansas, respectively. His father worked as a lumberyard accountant. John had two younger sisters, one of whom died at age 4. By 1940 his parents had divorced. John lived with his mother and worked as a wing assembler. He attended San Diego State College and also worked for the phone company.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces on August 4, 1941. He became a first lieutenant in the 10th Fighter Squadron, 50th Fighter Group. The pilots first trained flying P-40s but switched to P-51s when they were sent to England in May 1944. Prior to leaving for England, Lt. Jacks married Mary Alice Young on February 4, 1944.

Assigned to IX Fighter Command, the 10th FS was re-equipped with P-47 Thunderbolts. The unit provided support to the Allied armies as they attacked the Germans in Normandy and beyond. 

Lt. Jacks flew 70 missions. He earned an Air Medal with two silver and seven bronze clusters. He was killed on July 28, 1944. I was unable to determine any additional details. (UPDATE: See comments below for additional information added by a reader.)

His grave is at Glen Abbey Memorial Park in San Diego, California. His widow signed the paperwork for his 1948 gravestone. She later remarried and died in 2006.

Thank you Charles for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Douglas.

Last year on this date I profiled the Mautner brothers, John and Charles. You can read about John and Charles here.

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  1. I looked up Douglas Jacks on They have his Missing Aircrew report for aircraft 42-8675.

    Lt. Jacks was looking for a place to drop his bombs before joining up with his squadron. Their last contact with him was by radio.

    Coincident with his disappearance there was a group of 8 P-47's on a strafing run 90 degrees to Jacks' flight, forcing the flight to break. Jacks was not sen after that. One pilot from Jacks flight thought Jacks might have collided with one of the 8 P-47's, but never heard anything else about that.

    "It can only be stated that Lt. JACKS was presumably forced down in the vicinity of Brehal". - from the end of the report.

    1. Douglas Wallace Jack's born 1948 raised by Douglas Jacks brother Wallace Jack. Both sons of Charles Jack jr. In Valcartier village Quebec.
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  2. Jhon is Douglas Jack and not dead.