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SSGT James Balnaves

SSGT James Balnaves

Massachusetts, USA
Death 2 Apr 1944 (aged 24–25)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 34, Site 4925
Memorial ID 34572056 · View Source
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James served as a Staff Sergeant on B-17 "Widow Maker" #42-3244, 414th Bomber Squadron, 97th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Monroe County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on June 3, 1942 in Rochester, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on March 25, 1944.

James was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was attacked and shot down by German Aircraft and crashed in Austria during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on January 24, 1950.

Service # 32140647

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's 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 B-17 #42-3244:

Balnaves, James ~ S/Sgt, NY
Odom, Alfred F ~ 2nd Lt, VA
Oleson, Robert J ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, MA
Wilson, Herbert F ~ S/Sgt, CT

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett