2LT James Merrill Ackerman Jr.

2LT James Merrill Ackerman Jr.

Birth
Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Death 17 Jan 2005 (aged 85)
Culpeper, Culpeper County, Virginia, USA
Burial Culpeper, Culpeper County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 10 Site 178
Memorial ID 71703334 View Source
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James Ackerman was assigned to a crew for a B-24. In England they were part of the 8th Air Force, 392nd Bomb Group, 577th Squadron and flew 12 successful bombing missions including the D-Day Invasion. On their 13th mission June 23, 1944, flying Lead Plane ( With extra men in the crew),"the aircraft took a direct hit by flak in #3 engine and the bomb bay, at the target. The plane immediately went into a dive, then pulled up slightly, rolled over and went out of control. They were shot down over enemy occupied, Laon, France. (5) chutes were seen." 2 of 24 planes were lost.
MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #06215 AIRCRAFT: #42-95027 (NO NICKNAME) "B-PIus" 17th Mission (It was the Plane's 17th mission)

MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #06215 AIRCRAFT: #42-95027 (NO NICKNAME) "B-PIus" 17th Mission

AIRCREW: WHITTEMORE (CA: GRAPER) * SQUADRON: 577th

CREW POSITIONS AND STATUS:

P (C)CAPT Graper, Melvin H. KIA
P 1/LT Whittemore, Warren T. POW
CP 2/LT Ackerman, James M. POW
N 2/LT Rich, Clarence B. EVD
B 2/LT Issenberg, Milton POW
NG/N 2/LT Birnbaum, Standford I. KIA
R/O S/S Ammon, Robert H. KIA
EnG T/S Peterson, Carl L. KIA
WG S/S Altemus, Charles V. POW
WG S/S Lampe, Maurice POW
TG S/S Tremlett, Robert S. KIA


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1st Lt., US Army, WWII
Purple Heart, POW