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SSGT James H Young

SSGT James H Young

New Hampshire, USA
Death 11 Jan 1944 (aged 23–24)
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 40105461 · View Source
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James served as a Staff Sergeant and Tail Gunner on B-17F (#42-30357), 353rd Bomber Squadron, 301st Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Grafton County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on August 5, 1942 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was noted as being employed as a Driver and also as Single, without dependents.

James was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 collided with B-17 #42-3251 near Agrambela, Greece during the war.

B-17 #42-29918 and B-17 #42-3251, which were part of the 97th Bomber Group and which had left base earlier, had both lost their formation. With ice forming on their wings they decided to return to base. Instead of making a 180-degree right turn, away from the formations, the aircraft made a turn to the left and flew head-on into the 301st formation.

The other B-17 #42-29918 collided into B-17 #42-31396 which was also part of the 301st Bomber Group causing them both to also crash.
( see below )

All four of the B-17's were lost in this crash.

James was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on March 15, 1949.

Service # 11040388

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.


Airmen who perished on B-17F #42-30357:

Day, John W ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, ND
DesRuisseau, Roland A ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, MA
Elkin, Jerome ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, CA
Harkey, Thomas H ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, NC
Shields, Thomas A ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
Williams, Richard D ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, CA
Young, James H ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, NH

Airmen who survived the crash of B-17F #42-30357:

Daley, Neil F ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Ogens, Monte ~ Sgt, Photographer, WI
Rappleye, Foster D ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, ID


For airmen who perished on
B-17F #42-29918 see:

Easterling, Herbert G ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, SC


For airmen who perished on
B-17F #42-3251 see:

Fitzell, Gilbert O ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, CA


For airmen who perished on
B-17F #42-31396 see:

Dunbar, Joseph S ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, CA

( Bio & Crew Reports by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

Special thanks to ShaneO for submitting this record for bio & crew updates!







  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 31 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40105461
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT James H Young (1920–11 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40105461, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .