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Jesse P. Jacobs, Jr.

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“Sincerest condolences from all of the volunteers at the 493rd BG Museum, Debach, England. Jesse served over here as a Pilot during WWII, flying 28...Read More »
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“I always enjoyed the Colonel's aviation stories. Seems like he could quote the takeoff and landing speeds of any aircraft he flew, along with just...Read More »
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“I know Jessie from Tom Youngs gym. He was a sweet wonderful man. I do a pool call and we could always count on Jessie to gave candy if someone had a...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Betty McMurray - Mesilla Pk, NE


Jesse was born on August 20, 1923 and passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016.

Jesse was a resident of Las Cruces, New Mexico at the time of his passing.

He Graduated from Aviation Cadet Training in 1944 at the age of 20.

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and piloted 28 missions in a B-17 in the European Theater of World War II. He finished his career at Edwards receiving the Legion of Merit for meritorious service as Director of Test Forces at the Air Force Flight Test Center and Director of two other Test Forces the C-5A and the XC-142A Tri-Service Test Forces. Additional awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross Airmans Medal Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters Air Force Commendation Medal and other Service Medals.

He was married to Patricia.

Cremation has taken place and inurnment of Jesse Jacobs ashes will take place at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. Jesse Jacobs Celebration of Life will be at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces NM on October 8 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. Chaplain Kevin Rash of Holloman AFB will officiate. The family invites all friends to come to celebrate the life of this aviation pioneer.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Scholarship Foundation P. O. Box 986 Lancaster CA.

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