James served as a Corporal & Tail Gunner on B-29 "Coral Queen" #42-63499, 398th Bomber Squadron, 504th Bomber Group, Very Heavy, U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
He resided in the District Of Columbia prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on January 17, 1944 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.
B-29 #42-63499 took off, with a crew of 11, from Tinian on a bombing mission over Nagoya, Japan. For an unknown reason they ditched into the sea. The entire crew of "11" was lost.
James was declared "Missing In Action" in this ditching during the war.
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Service # 13082479
He also has a "cenotaph" in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
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( Bio by: Russ Pickett )
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Airmen who perished on B-29 #42-63499:
Beyers, John W. ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, IN
Bixby, Charles C. ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NY
Clinard, Joseph M. ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, TN
Damm, Vernon W. ~ Corp, Right Gunner, CA
Davis, James P. ~ Corp, Specialist Gunner, MA
Dembeck, William ~ Corp, Left Gunner, MD
Flaherty, James P. ~ Corp, Tail Gunner, D.C.
Lammers, Omer W. ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, OH
Langenberg, Lyle J. ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, WI
Proctor, Robert M. ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, NY
Williams, Clifford A. ~ Sgt, CFC, PA
( Crew report by: Russ Pickett )
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