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James D Judy


17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5712 'My Prayer' on mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, A/C attacked by fighters. With A/C afire, 7 of the crew bailed out near Frankfurt. Pilot Judy, Co-pilot Lays and Engineer Cherry stayed with the A/C and landed on the grass at RAF Manston, Kent.

James Judy was the pilot of 'My Prayer' on the Schweinfurt raid of 17th August 1943 when it was badly damaged and seven of the crew bailed out. The engineer was seriously wounded and Judy managed to bring the crippled plane back to Bassingbourn.

Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand, and spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 111 as a Prisoner of War.

He re-joined the Air Force in 1947 but was sadly killed in 1955 flying a B-25 out of Mitchell Air Base.



  • Capen Simons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand', Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5178 The Old Stand By

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/10/42; New Castle 19/10/42; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 21/12/42; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-L] Bassingbourn 11/1/43; Missing in Action on its 15th mission, to Anklam, Germany on 9 October 1943. Pilot James D. Judy; Co-pilot: John K....


    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/8/42; Wayne 6/11/42; West Palm Beach, Fl 14/12/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-S] Bassingbourn 1/1/43 HEAVYWEIGHT ANNIHILATORS II; battle damaged 22/6/43, repaired & transferred 324BS; 17m crash landed Manston on return from...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Manston

    Military site : airfield
    Built for Royal Naval Air Service use in the First World War, it was both an RAF and Fleet Air Arm base from 1918-50, and after the war a USAF Strategic Air Command base from 1950-51, a United States Air Forces Europe base from 1950-58, an RAF station...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Mercer Island, Washington, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Denmark 9 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
29 September 2021 19:50:24 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 13:04:27 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 91st Bomb Group related to the service of James Judy.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:13 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 898 / MACR 898, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 248 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database