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James P Kittleson


Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 #4338098. Prisoner of War (POW).


Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group were the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel...

  • 863rd Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38098

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/6/44; Kearney 16/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG [G6-L] Debach 4/8/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Jim Kittleson, Co-pilot: Homer Duncan, Navigator: Max Kettef, Ball turret gunner: Bill Lamkin (4 Prisoner...

Associated Place

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...


Event Location Date
Born Houston, Texas, USA
Prisoner of War Germany 12 September 1944


Date Contributor Update
10 August 2018 11:57:59 Darren Jelley Changes to events

493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8863 / MACR 8863, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database