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The Airmen's Stories - P/O J S B Jones


John Sinclair Bucknall Jones, of Marlborough, Wiltshire was born in the first quarter of 1919, the only son of Group Captain JHO Jones.

He was educated at Canford School and entered RAF College Cranwell in January 1938 as an Honorary Kings Cadet. He was awarded the RM Groves Memorial Prize.

After the outbreak of war Cranwell cadets who had not completed their courses were enlisted in the regular RAF on 7th September 1939 as Airmen u/t Pilots.





Jones graduated on 1st October 1939 and was granted a permanent commission. He joined 152 Squadron, then reforming at Acklington.

On 27th February 1940 he shared, with P/O TS Wildblood, in the destruction of a He111 which crashed into the sea ten miles east of Coquet Island, Northumberland.

On 12th July 1940 152 moved south to Warmwell. On the 25th Jones destroyed a Me109 in the Portland area.

On 11th August he was shot down in combat with Me109's in mid-Channel in Spitfire R6614. He baled out but was killed.

Jones was 21. His body was washed up in France and he is buried in Sainte Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France.


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