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James F Berger


Shot down 5 November 1943 in B-17 #41-24565 'The Rambling Wreck', Prisoner of War (POW).

Earlier 10/14/43 on return from Schweinfurt mission, with B-17#42-5482 'Cat O'Nine Tails' running out of fuel landed at Bedfordshire. Crew returned.

Awards: 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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24565 The Ramblin' Wreck, IDAHO POTATO PEELER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Bangor 9/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; force landed RAF Chipping Warden 23/1/43 with Ross Bates, 10 RTD; Missing in Action 28m Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 with Ambrose Grant, Co-pilot: Frank Hall, Navigator: Jim Berger, Bombardier:...


  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 5 November 1943

Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12


Date Contributor Update
28 November 2020 22:37:07 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations

Added a connection to the 8th AF mission #121 for 5 Nov 1943.

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2020 17:38:54 jmoore43 Changes to nickname and biography

Removed the "Possible DUPLICATE" flag in the Nickname field and then removed the duplicate person.
Copied the "Summary biography" from a Duplicate person as part of a merge operation of dup people so the dup person can be deleted.

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2020 22:20:53 jmoore43 Changes to nickname

Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 20:28:38 jmoore43 Changes to place associations

Added a connection to Stalag Luft 1 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2020 18:55:06 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2020 19:15:55 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events

Added S/N and POW camp info from POW records at the National Archives. Added a "Summary biography" copied from another of his crew.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:20 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 1157 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database