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James Otto Auman

Military

Staff Sergeant James O Auman served as a gunner with the 466th Bomb Group. He was wounded on his 21st mission on 9 August 1944. He was flying with Crew #421 - Eugene Godbout Crew as a replacement gunner that day instead of with his regular crew (Crew #431 - Robert H. Taylor Crew).

When he returned the United States he married Edna 'Snookie' Dippold.
This was described in his wife's obituary as follows:
'In May of 1945, when her husband Jim was recovering from wounds sustained in WWII, Snooky and Rita Auman traveled to Pawling, N.Y., to the hospital to visit him. On May 8, V-E Day was declared. Snooky then told him that he said when the war was over, they would get married and reminded him of that. They were married one week later in a small chapel in Pawling, with all of her husband’s Army buddies in attendance.'

The two of them owned and operated Auman's Grocery Store in St Mary's from 1945 until they retired in 2009. Jim also served as the Mayor of St. Mary's from 1966 to 1970.

Back in 2006 there were aircraft models hanging from the ceiling in the store and they still sold 1 cent candy. Both Jim and Snookie were an important part of their local community, with the store around the corner from their church.

When Snookie and then Jim died within weeks of each other in 2011, both were deeply missed by their neighbours and by people from across town who used to pop into their store for a chat before it closed.

Service

Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron
  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 786th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Redgrave Park

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Saint Marys, PA, USA 23 February 1920

Son of the John R. and Genevieve Dippold Auman.

Wounded In Action Saarbrücken, Germany 9 August 1944

"Today Rapuano and I flew a volunteer mission with Lt. Godbout to ball bearing factory at Stuttgart. There was an overcast so we hit the secondary target at Saarbrucken instead. Flak was very accurate over the city. We lost two ships on our way out. One turned into an orange torch just off our wing (this was probably the McGregor Crew). We ran into very accurate flak again near Cologne. The tail gunner (Ed Lukanic) took a piece of shrapnel in the heel and leg and was removed from the turret for first aid. A part of the same burst hit my right ankle. I lost lots of blood and could not walk. Major Thompson (Command Pilot) gave me first ai. My boyhood friend, Wally Bickmire, met the aircraft with the ambulance crew at Attlebridge when we landed. After examination at the base hospital I was transferred to the 231st Station Hospital for an operation to remove the shrapnel." - Jim Auman

Married Edna 'Snookie' Dippold Pawling, NY 12564, USA 16 May 1945
Died Saint Marys, PA, USA 11 November 2011

His wife Edna had died on November 4, 2011.

Jim's brother, William "Beagle" Auman, died just hours after him on November 11, 2011.

Buried Saint Marys Cemetery, Saint Marys, PA 15857, USA 15 November 2011

Saint Marys Cemetery
Saint Marys
Elk County
Pennsylvania, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2016 23:26:53 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

"Attlebridge Diaries" - John Woolnough
Page 104

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 16:04:23 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Obituary of Jim Auman: http://www.lynchgreenfuneralhome.com/index.php/obituary-archives/item/88...

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 15:44:09 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
Sources

Obituary of Jim's wife Edna 'Snookie': http://www.lynch-radkowski.com/?p=423

Blog post about Jim and Snookie's' grocery store with pictures of how it was decorated: http://thehappysorceress.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/shared-your-thoughts-ear...

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 15:23:26 Lucy May Changes to biography, place associations and media associations
Sources

Combined two records for James O Auman. This record now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book 'Attlebridge Arsenal' by Wassom & Brassford, page 343 & SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, D790.A2S45, 1998, page 199

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 22:16:09 466thHistorian Changes to service number
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2014 01:32:50 466thHistorian Changes to role, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 22:25:40 QofH Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, awards and media associations
Sources

466th Bomb Group Station #120 Attlebridge, England

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/perlastname.asp

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