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James O Walker III


Shot down 18 November 1942 in B-17 41-24474 'Floozy' while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was ditched into the sea 2 miles off of the Ile d'Oussant, France. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 16448



Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24474 Floozy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to 306BG/367BS at Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 17-Sep-42. Damaged by anti-aircraft fire over St. Nazaire, France while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at La Pallice, France. The aircraft was then attacked by German FW-190 fighters over...


  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 18 November 1942 – 19 July 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 19-Jul-45.

Ditched Ushant, France 18 November 1942

Managed to exit the aircraft when it was ditched into the sea.


Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 20:50:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography

Lee Cunningham 27-Nov-2014. Added crew position to description per MACR 16448.

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 20:48:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations

Lee Cunningham 27-Nov-2014. Made aircraft association.

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 20:47:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 27-Nov-2014. Added crash location to description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air forces' satna Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added ditching event and aircraft association per MACR 16448.

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 21:49:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16448; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:48 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Volume I by Bishop and Hey pp. 46-47 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia