James served as a Staff Sergeant & Engineer on C-47 #41-18388, 10th Troop Carrier Squadron, 60th Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania before the war.
He enlisted in the Army on January 9, 1940, prior to the war. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Bellmen and also as Separated, with dependents.
James was "Killed In Action" when his C-47 was shot down over Yugoslavia on a night supply drop to a location named 'Picadilly Pat'. Shots were fired from the ground and the left wing was hit. The aircraft fell off to the left and entered a spiral descent until it impacted the ground near Vocin, Coratia during the war.
He was awarded the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and was later repatriated here on March 16, 1949.
Service # 7021375
The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.
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Airmen who perished on C-47 (#41-18388):
Gunthner, Alfred W ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Houser, Morris R ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, PA
Tschantz, Dick J ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, OH
Warren, James, J, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, PA
The Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt. Pinkney Largent, was able to parachute out of the C-47 and survived.
Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
SSGT, 10 AAF TRP CARR SQ, 60 TRP CARR GP WORLD WAR II
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