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James Anthony Theys

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  • John Gibbons

    Military | Colonel | Pilot / Squadron Commander | 100th Bomb Group
    John Gibbons was Pilot of B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returning from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. RTD. Missing Air Crew...

  • Winfield Haynes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group

  • William Hepburn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 351st Bomb Group

  • Elmer Kreeger

    Military | First Lieutenant | 351st Bomb Group

  • Russell McConnell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 351st Bomb Group

  • Horace Shields

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 351st Bomb Group

  • Bart Starr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 351st Bomb Group

  • Edwin Vance

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions-First Mission to Berlin, 6/21/44 Last mission 10/7/44 DFC/Air Medal with clusters

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Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102576 Easter Bunny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-C] Polebrook 29/4/44; 65m crash landed base 9/12/44 with Elvin Haskins; Salvaged 2 SAD 10/12/44. EASTER BUNNY.

  • 42-107124

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 2/3/44; Rapid City 6/3/44; Grenier 20/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-F] Polebrook 29/4/44; {85m} Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 19/6/45;...

  • 42-31711

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/12/43; Kearney 22/12/43; Prestwick 16/1/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-F] Polebrook 30/1/44; {90m} 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 28/5/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 19/6/44; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/6/44;...

  • 42-37957

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-K] Chelveston 12/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 22/3/44 with Eldred Whipple, Co-pilot: Oscar Leibowitz, Navigator: John Murphy, Bombardier: Glenn Freeborn, Waist gunner: Dan...

  • 42-38038 April Girl II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-R] Polebrook 14/1/44; 111m retUS Bradley 13/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA...

  • 42-97252 Devil's Mistress

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 6/5/44; no ops, transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-K] Polebrook 24/5/44; 103m Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45;...

  • 43-38123

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/44; Hunter 11/7/44; Grenier 22/7/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-V] Polebrook 14/8/44; Missing in Action {9m} Brux 12/9/44 with Ed Hennegan, Co-pilot: George Avaritt, Navigator: Walt Culbert, Bombardier: Gene Saur, Flight engineer...

  • 43-38461

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/8/44; Hunter 15/8/44; Dow Fd 4/9/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-T] Polebrook 25/9/44; {49m} battle damaged Berlin 26/2/45 with ?; crash landed continent; Salvaged 3/3/45.

  • 44-6082

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 25/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-B] Polebrook 30/5/44; 508BS [YB-D]; {85m} Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; Sth Plains 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

Missions

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 414

    15 June 1944

  • 421

    18 June 1944

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

  • 142

    25 June 1944
    From his mission list for the 385th/548th, this is mission #142. The target says "French Supply." He was on Peterson's Crew.

  • 455

    6 July 1944

  • 458

    7 July 1944

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

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Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lloydell, Pennsylvania 5 September 1921
351st BG Combat Tour Polebrook Airfield, UK 14 June 1944 – 15 October 1944

Completed a 35 mission tour

Lived in Leetsdale, PA 4 May 1950
Died Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania 18 May 2014
Buried Sewickley, Pennsylvania 21 May 2014

Sewickley Cemetery
Sewickley, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2019 21:18:25 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

removed duplicate information

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2019 21:17:08 466thHistorian Changes to service number and role
Sources

http://351st.org/loadlist/search.php?type=s&serial=O-818241

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2019 21:13:47 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=8966701&...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=3147&h=1156179&...
hthttp://351st.org/loadlist/search.phptps://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.351st.org/ken.harbour/

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