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James E Bouchier


Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by “friendly” fire on 25-Dec-44 whilst flying P-51D 44-15376 in the same action where Major George Preddy was killed. Bouchier was luckier in that he was able to bail out and return to his unit (RTD). End of War (EOW).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 434th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Born Milwaukee County, WI, USA 8 March 1923
Lived in Wisconsin, USA 1941
Enlisted Milwaukee, WI, USA 28 September 1942
Based Wattisham 28 October 1944 – May 1945

Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down 20km E/N/E Aachen, Germany 25 December 1944

Shot down by “friendly” fire. Bailed out and returned to his unit (RTD). 20 Km East-North-East of Aachen, Germany.

End of War Europe May 1945

End of War (EOW).

Died Baldwinsville, NY 13027, USA 31 August 1993


Date Contributor Update
20 February 2017 17:45:51 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:15 AAM AAM ingest

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