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James Madison Morris


James Morris was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1920. He enlisted in the Air Corps in 1942 and flew 72 missions with the 77th FS 20th FG (7.33 victories). He was shot down by a ME-410 near Leipzig, Germany on 7 July 44 in P-38J s/n #43-28397 and was captured. He was held at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany being liberated in May 1945. He continued to serve in the Air Force, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He flew F-105s on 100 missions over North Vietnam.



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Units served with

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

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  • 77th Fighter Squadron



Associated Place

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
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  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location


Event Location Date
Captured in the Naumburg area, Germany 7 July 1944

Immediately captured after bailing out of his P-38 #43-28397

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 7 July 1944 – May 1945

Captain Morris was sent to Stalag Luft 1 – South Compound in Barth, Germany. NARA WWII POW records : “returned to Military control 4 July 1945.”


Date Contributor Update
18 September 2020 21:28:08 fugari Changes to person associations


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18 September 2020 21:27:24 fugari Changes to person associations

removed incorrect connection

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18 September 2020 21:14:51 fugari Changes to person associations

JCook archives

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21 August 2020 01:40:39 jmoore43 Changes to place associations

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

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21 August 2020 01:37:49 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added a location for the POW event.

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05 March 2017 20:13:31 fugari Changes to service number, highest rank and role


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05 March 2017 20:12:49 fugari Changes to biography, awards, events and media associations


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17 February 2016 15:36:29 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

NARA WWII Enlistment records
MACR 6701
US 1940 Census

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:44 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Fighter Aces of the U. S. A. and Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force, MACR 6701, King's Cliffe Memorial Edition / MACR 6701 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list