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James Terry Bass

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed into channel in B-24 Gruesome Goose #4128747

Service

People

  • Phillip Hammond

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed in channel in B-24 Gruesome Goose #4128747

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28747 Gruesome Goose

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24H “Gruesome Goose” while on a mission to bomb Mourmelon-Sur-Marne Ammuniton Dump in France ditched over the Channel with the loss of all 10 on board. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sumter County, SC 1917
Enlisted Fort Moultrie, SC 6 December 1940
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 12 August 1944

James enlisted in the Army Air Corp 6 Dec 1940 at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina. He’d had 4 years of high school and was semi-skilled in the repair of motor vehicles. He was single without dependents.

TSgt Bass was the flight engineer on B24H Liberator 41-28747 “Gruesome Goose”. “Gruesome Goose” while on a mission to bomb the Mourmelon-Sur-Marne Ammunition Dump in France ditched over the Channel with the loss of all 10 on board. It was reported MIA on 12 August 1944 during the mission to Mourmelon-sur-Marne, and an MACR was issued, but no details on the location. The crew of 10 (pilot 2nd Lt Philip R Hammond) were all recovered dead and buried at Madingley. Cambs,. Only the Engineer, T/Sgt J T Bass could be positively identified, the others were buried in a Group Grave, S-6-5. Bass is still there, but the remaining crewmen were taken home for burial in Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, St Louis, Missouri, post-war.
Gravesite Details Entered the service from South Carolina.

Buried September 1945

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England Add to Map
Plot
Plot D Row 4 Grave 18

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2021 22:36:22 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role and events
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2020 01:18:41 466thHistorian Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56287624/james-t-bass

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2020 01:00:05 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2016 11:55:32 Lucy May Changes to service number, awards and events
Sources

ABMC record: https://www.abmc.gov/node/538752#.Vx9I2032aM8

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7911 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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