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CAPT  John R. JENISTA

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV

Lt John R. Jenista, Radar Navigator

SERIAL #: O-772185 STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: RADAR NAVIGATOR; APPEARS ON HONOR ROLL CREW LISTS

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
1st Lt Charles B.Blanding     P    CPT   16/4/45  ROYAN   SN# O-791324
2nd Lt John A.Clark         CP     CPT     8/3/45 GIESSEN  SN# O-774946 (became CP on Lt W.V. McGuire Crew) see below
2nd Lt David L.Bittman   NAV    FEH        
2nd Lt Alvin H.Belimow  BOM    CPT   16/4/45 ROYAN  SN# O-777419
   Cpl 'Robin J.Whybrow   TTE  CPT   16/4/45  ROYAN  SN# 19090172
   Cpl Peter Glanz            ROG  CPT   16/4/45 ROYAN  SN# 16113273
   Cpl Wade .Doares.       BTG   CPT   28/2/45 KASSEL SN# 14193851
   Cpl Irvin J.Delaney        WG  FEH                            SN# 39714981
   Cpl William E.Cox          TG   FEH                            SN# 39144905 (taken off Crew, replaced by Sgt Bruce Ellis)
   Cpl Rex D. Thomas       WG  FEH                            SN# 39118852

418th Sqdn.  Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 23/9/44.  See p.103 S.O.C
This became a lead crew in November 1944 and Lt John Clark elected not to become a formation officer and continue flying. He was with  Lt Morin's Crew for one mission (Dec 24, 1944) but was permenately transferred to Lt W.V. Mcguire Crew on Dec 26 1944 and completed his missions with that Crew. Lt Jack Jenista joined the crew as Navigator when it became a Lead Crew, he flew 18 missions with this Crew. 

Missions of Lt John Alden Clark with Lt Blanding Crew:

1.    09/10/44      MAINZ
2.    12/10/44      BREMEN
3.    14/10/44      COLOGNE
4.    17/10/44      COLOGNE
5.    18/10/44      KASSEL
6.    19/10/44      MANNHEIM
       FLAK LEAVE
7.    30/10/44      MERSEBURG (RECALLED)
8.    02/11/44      MERSEBURG
9.    09/11/44      SAARBRUCKEN
10.  16/11/44      DUREN
11.  21/11/44      OSNABRUCK

Lt Blanding Crew becomes a Lead Crew and Lt Clark is placed in Spare or Standby Pilots roster.
This crew was a lead crew and appears on the 3rd Air Division Honor Roll Crew list for March 1945.
 Lt Jack Jenista joined the crew as Navigator when it became a Lead Crew, he flew 18 missions with this Crew. 

LEAD CREW -  UNNA  23 MAR 1945

 Command Pilot  Major  H.F. Cruver
 Pilot               Capt.  C.B. Blanding
 Co-Pilot           Lt.  I. E. Rosenbaum
 Navigator         Lt.  D.L. Bittman
 Radar Navigator Lt. J.R. Jenista
 Bombardier  Lt. A.H. Belimow
 Radio Operator  T/Sgt P. Glanz (have seen spelled Glance)
 Engineer  T/Sgt R.J. Whybrow
 Waist Gunner  S/Sgt R.D. Thomas
 Waist Gunner  S/Sgt I. J. Delaney

MEMO 2:

Lt Jenista came overseas without a crew in November 1944 and was assigned to 482nd BG (P) to learn radar navigation. He stayed there through most of December before being assigned to 100th BG, 349th BS in Jan 1945. On Jan 14, 1945 Lt Jenista is transfered to 418th BS and assigned to Capt Blandings Lead Crew. 

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Form 5 November 1944 assigned to 482nd BG (P) to study Radar Navigation 

Form 5 December 1944 assigned to 482nd BG (P) to study Radar Navigation

Form 5 Jan 1945, assigned to 100th BG, 349th BS then on Jan 14, 1945 transferred to 418th BS and Assigned to Capt Blanding Crew to study

First lead missions flown with 100th BG Feb 1945

March 1945 Form 5 showing missions. 

April 1945 Form 5 for Lt Jenista on Capt Blanding Crew

Lt Charles Blanding Crew; Lt John Jenista center in parachute harness, to the right was Alvin Belimoe, to the Left is  David Bittman

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

ID: 2572