John Jerstad enlisted on July 12th 1941, as an aviation cadet at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He followed his operational and pilot training at Ontario, California and at Luke Field in Arizona. He was commissioned on February 6th 1942 and served at Barksdale Field with the 98th and 93rd Bomb Groups. He went with the 93rd to Europe in October 1942 and flew on B-24’s with 328th Bomb Squadron as Captain. In April 1943 he was promoted to Major and a month later assigned to the Headquarters of the 2nd Bomb Wing.
In August 1943 he had done his share of flying and was no longer assigned to the 93rd Bomb Group. Hearing of an upcoming Low-level bombing mission against the difficult and dangerous target of the Ploesti Oil Refineries, he volunteered to lead a formation. This was to be his last mission.
See his Medal of Honor for details.
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