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Harold L James


James was piloting B-24 42-40774 "Heaven Can Wait"on a training flight on 25 June 1943 when he was involved in a mid-air-collision with B-24 42-40687 piloted by 1st Lt Edward Foble. James managed to land the aircraft at Hethel, but his navigator 2nd Lt Charles Quantell was killed in the accident.

Interned in Turkey while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid on 1 August 1943 in B-24 42-40744.



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    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 389th Bomb Group
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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40744

    B-24 Liberator
    Crew interned in Turkey. ...

  • 42-40774 Heaven Can Wait

    B-24 Liberator
    Damaged in a Mid-Air-Collision on 25 June 1943 with B-24 42-40687 while on a training mission


Event Location Date
Born Temple, Texas
Interned 1 August 1943


Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 10:11:30 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 15:25:09 Dieterle Changes to highest rank

Richard Dieterle: highest rank changed inasmuch as his photo shows him wearing captain bars.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 15:23:46 Dieterle Changes to media associations

Richard Dieterle, from Find a Grave > Robert W. Schwellinger.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2018 10:39:56 Emily Changes to biography

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:09 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 243, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 165 & Page 306in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Co 1998 edition, D790.A2S45