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James Albert Bateman

Military

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, PH, Korean and UN Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Remained in USAF, serving in Korea, On 29-Oct-52, while on a combat mission with 310th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 58th Fighter-Bomber Group, his F-84G aircraft suffered a mid-air collision and disintegrated. His remains were not able to be recovered.

Service

Units served with

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 44-14794 'Buzz Boy'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt James A Bateman. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Germany. Last contact via radio indicated loss of coolant had caused engine failure and pilot 1st Lt James A Bateman was baling...

  • 44-14160 'Nancy M 2nd'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Carl G Tafel Jr.

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mercer County, PA, USA 6 June 1922
Lived in Sharon, PA, USA 1941
Enlisted Olmsted Dr, Middletown, PA 17057, USA 22 June 1942

Olmsted Field
Middletown
Pennsylvania

Assigned Bodney, Thetford, Norfolk IP26, UK 13 July 1944

Assigned to 487th Fighter Squadron.

Crashed Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 26 September 1944

Landing Accident Bodney/Sta 141 Cat 4 damage Lt James A Bateman, 26-Sep-44.

P-51D10 44-14160 487FS 352FG 8AF

Promotion Bodney, Thetford, Norfolk IP26, UK 15 November 1944

Promoted from 2nd Lt to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 4 April 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Crashed Godman Army Air Field, Fort Knox, KY 40121, USA 17 July 1947

Taxiing Accident Godman Field, KY Cat 2 damage Lt James A Bateman, 17-Jul-47.

AT-6C 42-48840 11ATG

Crashed Airport Rd, Thomasville, GA 31757, USA 28 March 1948

Mid Air Collision resulting in Belly Landing Thomasville AAF, GA Cat 3 damage Lt James A Bateman, 28-Mar-48.

P-39Q 44-2344 - 488FS 59FG 3AF.

Died North Korea 29 October 1952

On a combat mission with 310FBS, 58FBG, his F-84G aircraft suffered a mid-air collision and disintegrated. His remains were not able to be recovered.

Buried Memorial Dr, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA 1953

Tablets of the missing
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2016 09:48:21 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bateman&Submit=Se...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bateman%2C+James+...
https://www.fold3.com/page/83782338_james_a%20bateman/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bateman&GSfn=James...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bateman&GSfn=James...

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2016 12:25:50 Pyker Changes to events
Sources

Addeed promotion date.

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2016 12:22:45 Pyker Changes to role, awards, events and media associations
Sources

Associated media with pilot entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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