From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Jacques '41

Date of birth: June 1, 1917

Date of death: October 17, 1941

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

John is not listed with those men who did not graduate with the class of 1941. He voluntarily resigned on March 14, 1940.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.


John was born in the Panama Canal Zone and attended Balboa High School and Balboa Cristobal High. After resigning from the Naval Academy, he sought to move to Tahiti to "raise coconuts. When he got to California, on his way to his new job in Tahiti, he was stymied by the change of government in France caused by the expanding war in Europe." He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was serving with the No. 40 Squadron RAF when his Vickers Wellington bomber was shot down on October 17, 1940.

The pilot, Thomas Kirby-Green was the only survivor of the crash, but he was later executed by the Germans after taking part in the "Great Escape."

John is buried in Germany.


He was survived by his father, Mace M. Jacques; mother, Florence (Allen) Jacques; brother, Donald Jacques; and sister, Roberta "Bobby" (Gabel) Jacques. Two nephews also survived him; three nieces and two more nephews were born later. A brother-in-law, Ernie Gabel, was also killed during the war.

Corresponded with one of his nieces, Tish Thornberry, in August 2017.

Class of 1941

John is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 in Memorial Hall.