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Edward M. James standing on the wing of his personal ship, 42-25704, 7J-Z, "My Lady June". Considered by James & Ernest "Tibbo" Tibbets to be a "lucky ship", James was given this plane when Tibbets was given a new "bubbletop". The ID of the ship was changed from 7J-E to 7J-Z between Dec 5th (Tibbets' last flight in 42-25704) & Dec. 8th when my dad flew her under "7J-Z" for the first time.



  • 404th Fighter Group

    404th Fighter Group

    A unit history of the 404th Fighter Group is available online as a pdf:


  • Edward James

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Lt. James joined the air corps on Oct. 16, 1941 as a private, was called up from college in June of 1943 for flight training, graduating with class 44A/Craig Field in Dec. '43., arrived in the ETO on May 16,1944, assigned to the 404th FG July 1, 1944....


  • 42-25704 My Mozelle, My Lady June

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 404th FG, 508th FS on May1,1944 as "7J-E", as the personal mount of then Capt. "Tibbo" Tibbets, "A" flight leader for the 508th FS. Reassigned Dec.6,1944 as "7J-Z" when assigned as the personal mount of 1St. Lt. Edward M. James. This ship...


  • Winkton

    Military site : airfield
    Prepared as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, the land was released for grazing before it was again selected for aircraft use, and improved for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. Used briefly by the 404th Fighter Group, it was then abandoned,...


Date Contributor Update
11 June 2015 20:40:17 tjms50 Changes to collection

TW James

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2015 18:28:18 tjms50 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations

TW James