Danish WW2 Pilots

Jens Eyvind Jensen Scott

(1923 - 1945)

Sgt Jens J. Scott served in the US Marine Corps in the Pacific. He was victim of a kamikaze attack on USS Bunker Hill on 11 May 1945.

Jens Eyvind Jensen Scott was born on 26 February 1923. He was the son of Mary Lavlund and Harry Jesper Jensen Scott. The parents were married on 25 July 1924. Consequently, even though Scott’s father was born in Pensylvania and, thus, citizen of the United States, formally, he was a Danish national.[1] In 1925, the family emigrated to the USA settling in Racine, Wisconsin.[2] The father earned a living as a painter during the 1930s.[3]

Scott graduated from Washington Park High School in February 1942.[4] On 9 February 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as private. He was stationed at Aircraft Engineering Squadron 23 in San Diego, California. Later that year, he was posted to Marine Fighting Squadron 121. By October 1943, he had been promoted to Corporal and, by January 1945, to Sergeant. At this point, he was posted at Marine Fighting Squadron 451 (VMF–451) which was part of Carrier Air Group 84 (CVG–84).[5] The information available does not indicate his service on board, but he was not an airman.

USS <em>Bunker Hill</em> hit by two Kamikazes in 30 seconds on 11 May 1945 off Kyushu. Dead-372. Wounded-264. (NARA, 520678)
USS Bunker Hill hit by two Kamikazes in 30 seconds on 11 May 1945 off Kyushu. Dead-372. Wounded-264. (NARA, 520678)

Scott’s squadron moved on board USS Bunker Hill (CV–17) on 24 January 1945. In early 1945, the aircraft carrier was the flagship of Task Force 58 and during the following months, it operated in the Battle of Iwo Jima, the raids against Honshü and the Nansei Shoto, and finally, in the invasion of Okinawa. On 11 May 1945, USS Bunker Hill was attacked and severely damaged by two kamikaze planes (Mitsubishi A6M Zero). More than 370 men were killed and another more than 260 wounded in the attacks.[6]

Jens Jensen Scott was one of the casualties of the attack. He was buried at sea.[7]

Endnotes

[1] DNA: Parish record, Aars.

[2] Ancestry.com: New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1957.

[3] Ancestry.com: 1930 and 1940 United States Federal Censuses.

[4] Ancestry.com: U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900–1990, 1942.

[5] Ancestry.com: U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798–1958.

[6] Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Bunker_Hill_(CV–17), accessed on 31 January 2018.

[7] Ancestry.com: U.S., Marine Corps Casualty Indexes, 1940–1958.