|Birth: ||Feb. 11, 1922|
|Death: ||Apr. 22, 1944|
James served as a Staff Sergeant and Gunner on B-24 "Repulser" (#41-28843), 715th Bomber Squadron, 448th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
He resided in Missouri prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on September 5, 1942 at Jefferson Barrack's, Missouri. He was noted as being employed as a sheet metal worker and also as Single, without dependents.
James was "Killed In Action" when his B-24 was attacked by heavily-armed ME 410 German fighters and crashed in the fields near Kessingland during the war. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
Service # 31152846
On the 22nd April 1944 26 United States Air Force planes took off from Seething airfield to bomb targets in Nazi Germany, but B-24 Liberator 843 “Repulser” was hit as it returned to base and crashed in fields near Kessingland. Part of the 715th Squadron, the men on board were on their third mission after arriving at the south Norfolk air station in the early spring. Hitler’s Luftwaffe took full advantage of its unusually late return to the UK on that fateful night, caused by poor weather before take-off, and sent a force of heavily-armed ME 410 fighters to intercept the bombers.
The bravery and sacrifice of the 10 US airmen killed when their bomber crashed was officially marked at a memorial dedication service at St Edmund's churchyard in Kessingland in April 2010.
( Above article submitted by: Linda Bagnelle )
Crew of B-24 "Repulser" (#41-28843):
Carcelli, William, 2nd Lt, Bombardier, Illinois
Davis, William S., S/Sgt, Gunner, Florida
Durant, William H., Sgt, Gunner, Ohio
Fahr, George S., 2nd Lt, Navigator, Illinois
Hardin, James R., S/Sgt, Gunner, Missouri
Meier, Elmer P., 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Oklahoma
Pulcipher, Eugene V., 2nd Lt, Pilot, Oregon
Romanosky, Chester J., S/Sgt, Radio Operator, Pennsylvania
Spellman, Carl E., Sgt, Gunner, Missouri
Young, Maynard H., Sgt, Gunner, Maine
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Maintained by: Russ Pickett
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56290444