Jones, David Mudgett, MAJ

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AAF 1091-Pilot B-26
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1973, US Air Force
Service Years
1936 - 1947



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Home Town
Winters, Texas
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Nov 25, 2008
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 3-FF Row 27 Site 4

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On December 4, 1942, he was shot down over Bizerte, North Africa, and spent two and a half years as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III.  As a result of his constant agitation and harassment of the enemy, he was selected for the "escape committee" by fellow prisoners. The committee reviewed escape plans and directed escapes. Jones led the digging team on tunnel "Harry" used in the Great Escape, chronicled in the Paul Brickhill's autobiographical book. After his liberation in April 1945, Jones was commended for leadership among his fellow prisoners.

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40- 2283 Take Off Order 5 Target: Tokyo

During World War II, David Jones participated in the famous Doolittle Raid and was the Pilot on the third B-25 to take off from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet on April 18, 1942, and after bombing Tokyo the crew bailed out over China when their aircraft ran out of fuel. He was assigned as Commander of the 319th Bomb Group in North Africa in September 1942 and was shot down and taken as a Prisoner of War by Germany on December 4, 1942, and was held until his release in April 1945. He retired in 1973 as a U.S. Air Force Major General.

Pilot Cpt.  David M. Jones  Marshfield, OR  POW1

Nov 25, 2008

 Co-Pilot Lt.  Rodney Ross Wilder  Taylor, TX   Jun 07, 1964   
 Navigator Lt.  Eugene Francis McGurl  Belmont, MA KIA2 Jun 03, 1942   
 Bombardier Lt.  Denver Vernon Truelove  Clermont, GA KIA3 Apr 05, 1943   
 Eng/Gunner Cpl.  Joseph W. Manske  Gowanda, NY   Apr 04, 1998   
 1Captain Jones served in the European Theater where he was shot down and spent 2 1/2 years as a German POW

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Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal to Major General David M. Jones (ASN: 0-22482), United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commander, Air Force Eastern Test Range and Department of Defense Manager for Manned Space Flight Support Operations, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, from 4 May 1967 to 30 April 1973. In this important assignment, the forceful leadership, and the outstanding and dedicated efforts of General Jones were significantly displayed in his strong grasp and exestuation of complex technical operations essential to successful conduct of Air Force space flight launches, Air Force and Navy strategic missile testing, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration manned and unmanned space exploration. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Jones culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: May 4, 1967 - April 30, 1973

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major General

Distinguished Flying Cross

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain (Air Corps) David M. Jones (ASN: 0-22482), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Pilot of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Captain Jones with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) David M. Jones (ASN: 0-22482), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight .

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain


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China-Burma-India (CBI)USAAF 12th Army Air ForcePOW/MIAUS Air Force
  1942-1942, AAF 1082, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1942-1942, AAF 1063, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1942-1945, AAF 1091, POW/MIA
  1947-1973, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid1
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