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James Carlisle Hensley Jr.


Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW). Escaped with British sergeant, liberated by British Army in 1945.


Damaged by fighters on a mission to Ascherleben, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31399, made a forced landing near Wijk bij Duurstede, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron
  • 360th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31399

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Memphis 18/11/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG Molesworth 27/12/43; Co-pilot: Lt Creighton Doering (KIA-hit by .50 cal bullet possibly from another B-17) 6/2/44; Missing in Action Berburg 22/2/44 with Charles...

  • 42-97498

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Presque Is 22/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK- ] Molesworth 14/1/44; Missing in Action Caen 6/2/44 with Julius Bass, Navigator: Milton Abernathy, Bombardier: Matt Zientor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Baird, TX, USA 5 December 1920


Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 17:50:39 Jim Hensley Changes to nickname

I am his son

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24 July 2017 17:49:53 Jim Hensley Changes to media associations

personal photo

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24 July 2017 17:41:19 Jim Hensley Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, awards and events

Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge

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27 September 2014 18:14:11 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2384, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / MACR 2645, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces