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Honor Thy Brother
From 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 await D-Day.

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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