Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-31357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.
"Right after bombing Schweinfurt on 13 April 1944 the bomber of pilot James F. Mullane of 381 Bomb Group (535 BS) was hit by flak and engine # 3 quit. The B-17 lost more and more altitude and speed until another engine began smoking and quit.
For a certain time there was an escort of two P-47’s, but when the situation became too dangerous all bailed out. The ship exploded mid-air and crashed at Klosterkumbd, 6 km north of Simmern/Hunsrück. All men survived."
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot, Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
Co-pilot, Mullane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-31357 "Our Desire". Mission to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, GE. MACR 3865. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I.
Units served with
The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 25/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Romulus 12/11/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 11/12/43.
||East St Louis, Illinois, USA
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||13 April 1944