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Jack C. Jolley

Jack Jolley, WWII

Recent Address:

1999 Neely Store road, Rock Hill, SC 29730


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Family Information:

Parents: Earl and Lillian; Wife: Barbara; Children: Kelly, Casey, Heidi, Cindy; Siblings: Earl, Mildred


Bartlesville, OK

Date Entered Service:

October 24, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:

444th - 566th AAF Base Unit



Location of Unit:


Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Asiatic-Pacific Service Ribbon with 1 Silver Service Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, India-Burma Campaign, China Campaign, Air Combat, Palembang, Sumatra Air Offensive, Air Offensive Japan, Central Burma Campaign

Service Schools Attended:

AAF Radio Operator Mechanic 18 wks; AAF B-29 Radio Equip. (1890) 2 wks; Philco Radio Theory 4 wks

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 2756-Airborne Radio Operator Mechanic, MOS 757-Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner, AAF

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63360 Slow Freight, Spare Parts

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

September 18, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent ; Sales; Self-employed as Home Builder; Real Estate Broker (retired)

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I am not sure exactly how Jack would express himself in filling out this section of the questionnaire, but I can speak for him when I say that he was proud of his participation in the 58th Bomb Wing/444th Bomb Group and the guys he flew with, proud of the job they did; and needless to say, proud to be an American.

He loved flying and became a private pilot after the war. "If only I could have flown one of those B-29s", he would say. The memories of those years were never far away from Jack -- the pride, the fear, the exhilaration and the knowledge of knowing that what he was doing was right.


My uncle, Jack C. Jolley, was in the 58th Bomb Wing. His widow asked me to write down some of my memories of the stories that Jack told me about his experiences during WW II:

1. The B-29 that Jack was in on their first landing in India had been having engine trouble on approach. No one had told the crew that the dirt in India was an orange/red color. When they landed, a cloud of orange/red dust billowed around the plane. Thinking that they were on fire, Jack and one of the other crew members waited until the plane had slowed to what turned out to be "not nearly slow enough" and they jumped out. Both were pretty banged up and their C.O. wanted to submit their names for Purple Hearts...both refused.

2. The two planes on which Jack served as radio operator were named SLOW FREIGHT and SPARE PARTS. He said that the latter was changed from some other name when guys from other planes kept 'stealing' parts from theirs. So, the captain let them change the name to 'SPARE PARTS'.

3. Following a bombing run over Japanese occupied China, a British ground spotter radioed that they had bombed up about 200 yards of the river and that hundred of Chinese peasants were out gathering up the stunned fish. He suggested that they do that on every bombing mission as a gesture of good-will.

4. He told me that every time they were on a bomb run and anti-aircraft fire was all around them, he was so scared that he had to remind himself to breathe.

5. I remember that a couple of years after the war we were sitting in our living room when the low growl of a multi-engine plane could be heard. Jack grabbed me up in his arms, ran outside with me, and pointing upward said, "That's a '29' Jimbo, that's my plane." In 1989, "FIFI" paid a visit to our town. When she came over my house I knew it was a '29 long before I saw her... and I shouted, "That's a '29! That's Uncle Jack's plane!!"

You people are doing a wonderful service and Jack's family thanks you.

Jack passed away suddenly at his home on November 11, 1998.  He is buried at Brainerd Cemetery, Cranbury, NJ


Jack Jolley


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