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James Francis Dillon Jr

Military

Shot down in B-17 42-3188, 'MISS CARRIAGE' on a mission to Villacoublay Airfield, 26 June 1943. Initially attacked east of Caen, France by enemy aircraft; the ship lost altitude rapidly and crashed in La Chapelle-Hareng, France. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) #15567. Original Crew #4

Service

People

  • Thomas Cuddeback

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 42-3188, 'MISS CARRIAGE' on a mission to Villacoublay Airfield, 26 June 1943. Initially attacked east of Caen, France by enemy aircraft; the ship lost altitude rapidly and crashed in La Chapelle-Hareng, France. Missing Air Crew Report...

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3188

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-F] Grafton Underwood 9/6/43; Missing in Action Villacoublay 26/6/43 with Tom Cuddeback, Co-pilot: Luther Adler, Bombardier: Jim Dillon, Radio Operator: Philip Fink, Ball turret gunner...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 18 January 1920
Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 11 March 1943

Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943, Thomas A. Cuddeback Crew. One combat mission.

Prisoner of War 26 June 1943 – May 1945

POW Camp: To Be Determined

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 01:53:18 bombercommand Changes to biography, events and media associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 01:42:51 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, role, awards, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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combined with information from duplicate record: http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/107218

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2015 22:49:14 bombercommand Changes to suffix
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=d...

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