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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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18th August 1942 56 Squadron Typhoon IA R7644 Sgt. Jones

Operation: Training

Date: 18th August 1942 (Friday)

Unit: No. 56 Squadron (motto: Quid si coelum ruat - 'What if heaven falls?'). 12 Group

Type: Typhoon IA

Serial: R7644

Code: US-B

Base: RAF Snailwell, Cambridgeshire

Location: Moulton, Lincolnshire

Pilot: Sgt. James Struthers Jones NZ/413424 RNZAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During formation training the rear fuselage section failed and detached during a dive at 12:45 hrs.

This had been the third incident in a relatively short time, it would go on to plague the Typhoon during its service.

Burial and personal details:

Sgt. James Struthers Jones. Sutton Bridge Churchyard (St. Matthew). Sec. P. Grave 45. Born on the 29th January 1919 at Wellington. Worked as a clerk for A B Wright and Sons prior to service. Joined the RNZAF at Levin on the 06th November 1940 as a trainee pilot. Trained with No. 4 Elementary Flying School and No. 3 Flying Training School before being awarded his pilots badge on the 18th October 1941, promoted to sergeant on the 29th November 1941.Son of Thomas and Winifred Jones of Auckland City, New Zealand; husband of Mollie Jones of Sandringham, Auckland City. A total of 305 flying hours logged - 215 solo with 43 hours on the Typhoon.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

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Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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