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James Elmer Harlow


Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 41-24497 'Mizpah II. ' Returned to base.

Harlow stayed on in the Air Force, served in Korea and Vietnam and retired with the rank of Lt/Colonel. He was a member of the Missile, Space and Range Pioneers at Patrick AFB.



  • James Witter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #41-24497 'Mizpah II', Returned to base.

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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


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...


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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 15:59:54 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 00:31:42 Clive Stevens Changes to middlename, highest rank and place associations

Audio documented WWII history of James E Harlow as recorded and sent to me in the summer of 1992.
Files from the 'Bexhill on Sea Observer' newspaper archive as the story of the B17 ditching featured on the front page of the newspaper in September 1943.
Local eye-witness interviews that I conducted in 1995 with British civilians who watched the aircraft crash.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:17 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 267-8 S