2nd Lt. Robert W. Jensen Memorial

This memorial page has been assembled by Chris Jensen McWilliams, Col, USAF RET, and Bob Jensen Pearson, USAF RET, to commemorate the father of Bob Jensen Pearson.

My cousin, Bob Jensen Pearson, and I have been trying to put this article together for awhile.  It all started back in Aug 2008 when I finally found my cousin after some 30 years of looking (unfortunately, not too smartly at times on my part).  His biological dad was 2Lt Robert W. Jensen, pilot, 500th bomb Squuadron, KIA 15 March 1945.  After the Squadron's Ogunquit, ME Reunuion in Sept 2008 which we both attended (meeting youngsters Lynn, Rex and Buzz), Bob wrote up the experience in an article called "The Circle of Life," also previously published in the squadron newsletter.  As the accompanying "sequel" article shows, the Circle of Life indeed, goes on in many ways for all of us...
 
I included as cc's the other key players in the continuing saga of Bold Venture and her crew, primarily so they will all have access to upload the narrative, pics, & videos, as well as the URLs for the 500th Bomb Squadron and Bold Venture websites.  Be sure to read the Microsoft Word documents at the end of the page.


Bold Venture Art, 345th Bomb Group Emblem--on T-shirts I have (can get many more, any aircraft)

  The mission of the 345th Bomb Group, 500th Bomb Squadron

Bold Venture

Lt Jensen, crossing Pacific, Dec 1944

2Lt Bob Jensen, training in Columbia, SC


Jensen Crew Hickam Field, HI, Dec 1944 (Lt Jensen, Sgt Waggy, 2nd LT. Decker [Navigator] , Sgt Worley, Lt Gilmore--Cpl Tubb [Radio/Gunner] in hospital with pneumonia)

500th Bomb Squadron leather patch

BOB JENSEN PEARSON AND LYNN DAKER

Buzz Wagner and Bob Jensen Pearson

15th 500 Bomb Sq Reunion, Sep 2008 (L-r:  Chris Jensen McWilliams, Buzz Wagner, Bob Jensen Pearson, Lynn Daker, Rex Reheis); significant players in the Bold Venture Saga

BUZZ WAGNER AND BOB JENSEN PEARSON

L-R  LYNN DAKER, BOB JENSEN PEARSON, BUZZ WAGNER, HERMAN REHEIS.

REX REHEIS SIGNING PRINT.

Bob Jensen Pearson with Lt Jensen memorabilia

Lt Jensen A-2 flight jacket (replica)

Commemorative Bowl presented by US consulate, Hong Kong, in honor of 2Lt Jensen & the Bold Venture crew

500TH ORIGINAL MEMBERS

2Lt Bob Jensen Memorial

Target area, view from approximate crash site.  Ship in background very close to where target was located.

Shannon vonThaden, overview of crash site relative to ridge line (towers weren't there, of course)

Crash site, impact point boulder

General crash site area.  Lt Jensen feathered one engine, made it over the first small ridge (pic 1) but couldn't clear the second.  Pilots were trying to clear the top of this ridge and almost made it.  Impact point was by the large boulder, center/left in pic.

CHRIS JENSEN MCWILLIAMS GOT TO FLY A B-25

500th Bomb Squadron poem.doc
500th Bomb Sqdn Prayer and some thoughts from Shannon and Brad's Crash Site reading

Circle of Life part 2 11 March 2013.doc



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