Jackson, George Frederick Radcliffe (1921-1943)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: George Frederick Radcliffe Jackson (1921-1943), born in Tientsin, China on 10 May 1921, son of George Frederick Radcliffe Jackson (Manager Imperial Chemical Industries, Shanghai) and Elizabeth Winchester Jackson of 1119 Franklin Street, Wilmington, Del., USA, and Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA.
Attended Chesterton School, Seaford, 1927-1935.
Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) January 1935-July 1939; 6th form; School Prefect; Head of House; 2nd XV (1938); PT Instructor with Badge; Sergeant in OTC; member of Duffers; member of Agriculturists (cricket team).
Attended Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, (mathematics course) 1940-1941.
Attended Columbia University, NYC, 1940-1941.
WW2, Flying Officer, 430 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force (enlisted in Montreal on 15 September 1941). During a training exercise from RAF Dunsfold on 19 April 1943, he crashed his Mustang 1 at Hillside Farm, Odiham, Hampshire and was killed, aged 21.
Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, 34. F. 8. Inscription on his headstone: ‘HE SHALL COVER WITH HIS FEATHERS, AND UNDER HIS WINGS SHALT THOU TRUST’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2667204/jackson,-geor...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour.
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'G.F.R. Jackson was Head of his House in 1939. Half American by birth, when the war broke out he was in America on holiday before going up to Cambridge. After a short period at an American University, he volunteered for the R.A.F., and came over to this country a trained pilot. He was killed in 1942, flying a Mustang on exercises in this country. Large in physique, he was large-hearted and generous in all he did. He had great powers of leadership and wide interests, chief of which was a passion for music. His conducting of a winning "Shout" was described by a critic at the time as an "electrifying performance," and he had the ability to put that quality into anything on which he had set his heart. His was a generous, virile and sympathetic personality.'
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Aircrew Remembered: www.aircrewremembered.com/jackson-george.html
Canadian Virtual War Memorial: www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-vir...