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NEWS | Nov. 22, 2021

Son of WWII 305th Bombardment Group flight engineer honors his father’s memory and the CAN DO Wing

By Daniel Barney Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs

Rodney Jester, the son of World War II 305th Bombardment Group flight engineer, Tech Sgt. Edward Jester, made a visit to the 305th Air Mobility Wing headquarters, along with his wife, Sadie, to commemorate his father's wartime service under the CAN DO Wing, on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov. 18, 2021. Stuart Lockhart, 305th AMW historian, welcomed the couple into the facility as he showed displays of Tech. Sgt. Jester's belongings, donated by his son, Rodney Jester, to preserve his legacy, his wartime service, and to inspire and inform today’s Airmen. Flying 29 combat missions from December 1943 to May 1944, Tech Sgt. Jester served with the 366th Bomb Squadron of the 305th BG CAN DO Group under the Eighth Air Force, “The Mighty Eighth,” based at Chelveston, England in the air war against Nazi Germany during that conflict.