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James Sterling Lawman

Military

James Lawman was Tail Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Russell Hardy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Russell Hardy was Top Turret Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Gerald Johnston

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Gerald Johnston was Pilot of B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Dayton Kelly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Dayton Kelly was Waist Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Donald Lash

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Donald Lash was Navigator on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Ben Marshall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Ben Marshall was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Frank O'Neill

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Frank O’Neill was Bombardier on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • William Parks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    William Parks was Radio Operator on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Redpath

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Spot Jammer (SJ) | 390th Bomb Group
    Joseph Redpath was Spot Jammer on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Matthew Robinson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Matthew Robinson was Co-Pilot on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

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Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102677 Mississippi Mission, Bob Tail Battler

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Billings 3/5/44; Kearney 12/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44. Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-R] Framlingham 27/5/44. Missing in Action on the 14 January 1945 mission to Derben, Germany. Pilot Gerald W. Johnston, Radio Operator William J....

Missions

  • 792

    14 January 1945

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bridgeport, West Virginia, USA 5 January 1924
Lived in 1943

Bridgeport, West Virginia

Enlisted 5 April 1943

Clarksburg, West Virginia

Killed In Action (KIA) 14 January 1945

near Garlitz, 15km North of Brandenburg, Germany, in the crash of B-17 #42-102677

Buried 17 January 1945

Barnewitz cemetery, 5km East of Garlitz, Germany

Buried

after the war, his remains were brought to Belgium. James Lawman rests at the Ardennes American Cemetery, Plot B, Row 16, Grave 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2020 10:48:26 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

MACR 11725
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft card
NARA - German captured documents : KU-3569 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147911915
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2020 10:34:14 ED-BB Changes to middlename, awards, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 11725

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2020 21:44:08 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11725 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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