Samuel E. Jett
380th Bomber Group, 529th Bomber Squadron
Aircrafth B-24 with serial number 42-41133 in Bay approximately 1 ½ miles off the coast of Lae, New Guinea after takeoff on a combat mission on 5 March 1944. His body was never recovered.
Pilot T/Sgt Michael Diagostino
Co-Pilot, S/Sgt Joseph A. Bambino
Radio Operator-Mechanic Gunner, S/Sgt Richard J. Corey
Armorer Gunner, S/Sgt Samuel E. Jett
S/Sgt Benjamin H. Lyons
Memorialied at Manila American Cemetery.
The Knoxville Journal, June 24, 1942
Samuel E. Jett, son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Jett Sr. was a Central High boy and graduated from Tennessee Military Institute at Sweetwater. He played football at both schools. His first assignment in the Army, which he joined at Fort Dix, N.J., was gunnery training. He is now a student bombardier at Geiger Fields, and has almost completed his current course.
- Rank: Staff Sergeant
- Date of death: 5 March 1944
- County: Knox
- Hometown: Knoxville
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 529th Bomber Squadron, 380th Bomber Group, Heavy
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Bottom Panel
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