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Name: Clinton Leonard Jones, Jr.
Distinguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster Clinton Jones
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 22nd Aero
Victories: 8
Born: 01 January 1892
Place of Birth: Ross, California, USA
Died: 22 June 1965
Place of Death: Sacramento, California, USA
 
 
Clinton Leonard Jones quit flying after the war but remained in touch with his comrades through his membership in the Daedalians. Before he retired in 1960, he was secretary-treasurer of F. F. Smith and Co., a large seed firm in Sacramento, where he had lived since 1923. He died, age 73, in a convalescent hospital following a lengthy illness. He was survived by a son and a daughter.
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clinton Jones, Second Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, October 30, 1918. Lieutenant Jones, while attacking four enemy planes (Fokker type), was in turn attacked from above and obliged to dive through a formation of 15 planes (Fokker type). His plane was riddled with bullets, but he managed to destroy one of the enemy machines.
General Orders No. 66, W.D., 1919
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clinton Jones, Second Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Mihiel, France, October 18, 1918. Second Lieutenant Jones was a member of a patrol which succeeded in hedging in a fast enemy bi-place plane. Approaching the enemy plane, Lieutenant Jones signaled the enemy to give up and land. The reply was a burst of machinegun fire, which cut his wind shield and set fire to his plane. He then closed in and shot the German pilot and sent the plane crashing to the ground. He landed in his own plane and extinguished the flames.
General Orders No. 66, W.D., 1919
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 04 Sep 1918 1330 22nd   Fokker D.VII 1 Barnecourt
2 28 Sep 1918 0900 22nd   Fokker D.VII Ivoiry
3 28 Sep 1918 0900 22nd   Fokker D.VII Montfaucon
4 09 Oct 1918 1435 22nd   DFW C Dun-sur-Meuse
5 09 Oct 1918 1435 22nd   DFW C 2 Aincreville
6 18 Oct 1918 1135 22nd   LVG C Dennecourt
7 27 Oct 1918 1540 22nd   DFW C 3 Champiegneulle
8 30 Oct 1918 1540 22nd   Fokker D.VII St. Georges

1 Shared with Arthur Brooks, F B Tyndall
2 Shared with James Beane, Arthur Brooks
3 Shared with Jacques Swaab
 
Books
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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