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World War II aircraft honor veteran at Barum cemetery

ELK MOUND — Two vintage WWII 600 horsepower T-6 “Texan” trainer aircraft flew over the Town of Elk Mound cemetery April 26 in a tribute to Clinton M. Jenson.

Jenson, a long time resident of rural Colfax, was buried that afternoon at the Barum Lutheran Church cemetery.

The flyover consisted of three passes. The last pass was in the “missing man” formation, an aerial salute where one aircraft abruptly pulls up and away from the remaining aircraft.

The flyover was performed by members of the T-6 Thunder North American Flight Team. The T-6 Texan was the training aircraft for most of the Allied pilots who flew in World War II.

Clinton served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married while home on furlough and returned to finish his training before being sent abroad. He landed on Omaha Beach within the first hour of the assault in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, as part of the D-Day landings.

Jenson was part of the 5th Engineer Special Battalion. He continued serving in the European Theatre (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe) until the end of the war and returned home in October of 1945.

Clinton Jenson, 92, died April 22, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Chippewa Falls.