James served as a First Lieutenant & Pilot on B-24H "Wee Willie" (#42-7583), 704th Bomber Squadron, 446th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Denver, Colorado prior to the war.
James was "Killed In Action" when his B-24, while on a bombing mission to the airfield at Orleans, France, lost a bomb door and the door stuck the tail of the B-24 which then spun down and crashed at 0942hrs South East of Ptay about 12 miles North East of Orleans, France.
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Service # O-747194
Son of Conover Blackwood who resided in Denver, Colorado.
Airmen who perished on B-24H "Wee Willie" (#42-7583):
Blackwood, James C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, CO
Chism, Christopher M ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Glanzrock, Murray G ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, NY
Gochnauer, Carl P ~ T/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, MD
Hunter, Hugh R ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, IL
Markus, Joseph R ~ Sgt, Nose Gunner, IL
Mosckou, Chris, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, IN
Popiolek, Henry A ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, NJ
Shafer, Herbert E ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, OH
Turner, Harold W ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, OH
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )
Below flight info submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson:
His aircraft took off from Bungay, England. They were assigned to target an airfield at Orleans, France. One bomb was released prior to reaching the target and more over the target. The bomb doors dropped off, one striking the tail. The aircraft spun down and crashed at 0942hrs SE of Ptay, about 12 miles NE of Orleans. Eight of the crew members are buried in Epinal and two were repatriated. He was serving as the pilot.