New England Air Museum
Charles S. Jones
Recent Address:
3210 River Crescent Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401-7720
Email:
Family Information:
Parents: Charles and Hallie; Wife: Janet; Children: Diana, Patricia
Hometown:
Lexington, KY
Date Entered Service:
January 1, 1941
Service Number:
403147080
Bomb Group:
462nd
Squadron:
768th
Location of Unit:
Walker, KS - December 1943
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions Flown:
Many
Targets:
Yawata, Bangkok
Awards/Decorations:
American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal,EAME Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, NDSM, Air Force Reserve Medal with HGD, AFOUA, Distinguished Flying Cross, AFLSA with 5 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, SAEMR, AFCM
Service Schools Attended:
C-GSS Air Staff 1945; KC-135 1958;
Military Specialty(ies):
Courts and Boards
Rank Upon Discharge:
Lt. Colonel
Crew Type:
Airplane Serial No.& Name:
42-6312 Mysterious Mistress
Were you a POW?
No
Were you interned?
No
Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged from the 58th:
Post-WWII Military Service:
He entered the military prior to the start of World War II and retired in 1965. He served primarily as a pilot, testing new aircraft, and flying bombers and refueling aircraft. He also spent time as an ROTC instructor at Allegheny University in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and as a deputy base commander. In 1956 he piloted University of Chicago scientists on a 51-day around the world mission that charted the earth's magnetic equator for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The study proved important to the future space program.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
He worked for the state Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Services, and later was a founding director and officer of a savings and loan association. He also served his community as chairman of the local hospital board.
Comments:
Mr. Jones passed away on December 12, 2012 and is buried at Forsyth Memorial Park Cemetery in Winston-Salem, NC

 


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