Warren D. Jensen
My brother, Howard W. Jensen was a
pilot with the Ninth Air Force. He left Freeborn County
in February 1942 as a draftee into the U.S. Army. After
the induction processes, he was assigned to the U.S.
Army Air Force. Soon he was assigned to Pilot Training
School. Upon completion of pilot training, he was
commissioned a Second Lt. and shipped over to England to
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Howard flew
cover for Allied Troops in the invasion of Europe. He
flew a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter airplane. He
flew missions from England on D-Day up to the German
border. His last mission involved carrying a 500 lb bomb
under the belly of the aircraft. The targets at that
time were railroads, bridges, and the like.
His name was on the front page of
the Minneapolis Tribune during this time reporting on
his shooting down a German Focke-Wulf 190. The article
stated that a dog - fight ended with the FW190 spinning
into the Rhine River.
My brother was quoted in the article
as stating that the pilot made no attempt to get out of
the airplane. From D-Day to the German border, my
brother had 7 airplanes he flew, damaged so badly that
once he made it back to England, they never flew again.
At the end of the war, Howard
returned to the U.S. where he became the first
commanding officer of the first acrobatic Jet Team, the
"ACROJETS". Howard flew the first jet airplane
into Wold Chamberlain Field (Now the Minneapolis St.
Paul International Airport). Howard retired as a full
Colonel. He died from natural causes in 1979. He was
born in 1916.
The copy of the enclosed letter was
written during the battle of the bulge in December 1944
during which time Howard flew cover for our troops at
that battle. The letter is self-explanatory. I read it
to our family at each Christmas.
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