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Captain James Jabara, U.S.A.F.
First American Ace Jet Pilot

The Western Star, June 8, 1951.

Wichita Jet Ace Had Relatives Here

Friday of this week is Jabara Day in Wichita, at which time the people of that city and Kansas honor the first jet ace in history - Jimmy Jabara - with a parade, bands and everything.

Capt. Jabara, who has been featured recently in all daily newspapers of the United States and Life magazine, is a son of John Jabara, Wichita grocer, whose cousin, M. H. (Mike) Jabara, conducted a grocery and general merchandise store in Coldwater some 20 years.

Mike built the brick building, now occupied by the Rural Gas & Electric Co., and the residence in which Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Herd (sic - probably meant B.J. Herd) now live.

John Jabara and his family, including the now world famous flier, attended the wedding of one of two daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Jabara in this city.


Jabara, Sadie
Ninety Year Old Woman Passes Away -- Mrs. Sadie Jabara passed away Thursday forenoon at the home of her son, M. H. Jabara, in this city. She had been ill for several months. The cause of her death was gangrene of the feet. It is planned to ship her body to Wichita on Friday for burial. Mrs. Jabara was about 90 years of age. We are without further particulars. -- Western Star, June 24, 1938.


Also see:

The Golden Who's Who of the Lebanese Emigrants in the World : "In 1951 twenty-seven-year-old Capt. James 'Jimmy' Jabara won a Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest decoration, on May 20, but he was to add a silver star and oak leaf cluster to that for repeat performances."


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"Jimmy Jabara"

"James Jabara"

Jabara +Wichita


Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news articles to this web site!

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