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James Erwin Rung


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Crashed in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD).

Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 Battle Stars).


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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38183 The Lost Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged during raid on Magdeburg 28/9/44. Took out 2 engines on one wing, flak came through the windshield and glass got into...

  • 42-40003 TOPPER/ Ol' Gappy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Denver 27/11/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; ...

  • 43-38388

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/44; Kearney 6/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 10/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 25/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 24...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born St. Louis, MO, USA 3 September 1920
Enlisted St Louis, MO 25 August 1942
Based Kimbolton 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Force landed Kimbolton, UK 28 September 1944

Crashed in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD).

Died Chesterfield, MO 31 May 2014
Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, MO June 2014

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St Louis County, MO


Date Contributor Update
19 September 2019 18:21:37 lateralus2 Changes to media associations

Image from; site information from Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery; photo uploaded by daughter, Melissa Rung-Blue

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2019 17:01:11 lateralus2 Changes to media associations

Personal photo collection, Melissa Rung-Blue, daughter

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2019 16:57:16 lateralus2 Changes to nickname, biography and awards

From his daughter, Melissa A. Rung-Blue, St. Louis, MO. James E. Rung official military records. Personal photos.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2018 17:35:45 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9363