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    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    James Blackburn was a Navigator in the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron Participating in many operations, he was shot down on the 6 September 1943 mission to Stuttgart, Germany in B-17 42-3428 (camera ship) with Pilot Lt Robert W. Carlson. The...

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James Blackburn was a Navigator in the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron Participating in many operations, he was shot down on the 6 September 1943 mission to Stuttgart, Germany in B-17 42-3428 (camera ship) with Pilot Lt Robert W. Carlson. The plane ditched in the Channel near Penhurst and the 10 crew members were saved by the Air Rescue Service and returned to base, with Carlson and 5 men injured (scratches) in the ditching.

Lt. James Blackburn was again shot down, on the 14 October 1943 mission to Schweinfurt in B-17 42-30726. Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report 846.

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