Jake Stone, Jr. Colvin was born on 2-APR 1921, in Chester, South Carolina.  His father was Jake Stone Colvin Sr. (1896–1971) and his mother was Bernice Elizabeth Barr (1891–1971).  In 1930, the family lived in Chester South Carolina.  Jake had three sisters: Bernice, Jessie, and Colvin and one brother: Penn.  Jake graduated from Chester High School.  While in high school, Jake was in the band (Trumpet) and Glee Club and other activities. His yearbook nickname was “Mama.”

After graduation, Jake attended Clemson University in the Agricultural College.  He pursued a degree in Industrial Education.  He also was in the ROTC program.  He earned honors at Clemson and achieved the rank of Captain.

1st Lt. Jake Stone, Jr. Colvin was a pilot serving in the 730th Bomber Squadron, 452nd Bomber Group, Heavy.  His B-17 was named Pandamonium.  According to mission reports, on 29-FEB 1944 was flying a different B-17.  His B-17 was shot down by flak and crashed north of Brunswick, Germany on a mission to Brunswick on 29-FEB 1944 in B-17F #42-30800 ‘Cock O’ the Walk’.  A combined force of 226 B-17s from 3rd Air Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 452BG was dispatched to bomb the German aircraft factory at Brunswick, Germany.  On the mission, 218 are effective on the target (EOT) while 1 aircraft failed to return (FTR).  The crew suffered 4 KIA and 6 POW. 54 aircraft were damaged. 4 airmen in returning aircraft are WIA. There are no other losses, claims, or casualties. Jake was initially reported as missing on 29-FEB 1944.  He was later listed as killed in action (KIA). This was a 452nd BG crew flying a 388th Bomb Group aircraft.

From The Greenville News in South Carolina dated Friday, 22-JUN 1945 <sic>:

A letter was sent to his parents from Lieutenant Allen E. Johnson who was the navigator of the B-17 who had just arrived at his home in Philadelphia saying he was killed on that date over Brunswick, Germany.  Johnson stated, “that the crew of ten had just finished dropping their bomb load over Brunswick when flak from a German anti-aircraft gun came in the open door of the fortress from which the bombs were release and exploded terrifically.  He wrote that he looked forward in the fortress and saw the pilot, Lieutenant Colvin and co-pilot Lieutenant Dick West slumped over in their seats dead.  The fortress then burst into flames.  Lieutenant Johnson and five other members of the crew parachuted safely to the ground and were recently liberated as prisoners of war of the German government. 

This information was confirmed on mission reports.  Jake died on 29-FEB 1944, in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany, at the age of 22, and was buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in Neuville-en-Condroz, Liege, Belgium.

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