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B-25 Mitchell

Service

Units

  • 340th Bomb Group

    340th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated on 20 August 1942. The 340th Bombardment Group trained with B-25's for duty overseas. They arrived in the Mediterranean theater in March 1943. Assigned first to the Ninth Air Force and later (in August 1943) to the Twelfth. Served in combat...

  • 487th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Littlefield

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group

  • James Rambo

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group
    The combat missions listed in his bio are gleaned from mission records/load lists and do not reflect his complete combat record of over 60 missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date
Combat Mission Ficulle, Italy 7 April 1944
Crashed Alesani Airfield, Corsica 10 June 1944

“I was given the DFC for getting back from my 10th mission on one engine and we ran out of fuel, brakes shot out and my good engine quit 1/4 of the way down the runway. We crashed, but no one was hurt badly. Everyone else got the Purple Heart. [Your father’s album had] one of the pictures of 7D [after the landing]. I made Captain after I returned to the states.” [I asked James for some details on this skilled emergency landing.] “ In regards to 7D, It's been a longtime since that happened, I can't say that it was my skill and determination that got us back. I did what I had been taught to do to get the plane and crew back. It was something a lot of pilots did from time to time. We were hit [by flak] over the target and lost the right engine and on this mission we were breaking left and down after we had dropped our bombs so I lost a lot of altitude. We were leaking fuel but we couldn't see it. The B-25 could maintain altitude on one engine but couldn’t climb. We tossed out some equipment that wasn't tied down in order to clear the mountains on Italy’s west coast. We had no problems and made clear approach, with the meat wagons waiting on us. I lowered the nose and checked the brakes and they seemed OK. I then pulled the nose up to kill some speed. When the nose came down, the right brake gave away and the left brake locked. I hit the left throttle to bring the ship to the right and the left engine ran out of fuel, taking us left. I told the copilot to pull the emergency air lever. He pumped the hydraulic pump instead. We hit an old bomb casing, knocking out the nose gear. The mission [target] as have it noted in my log book was Fano [M/Y June 10, 1944 NE coast of Italy- a long way to limp back to Corsica!]. I didn't keep very good records. 7D had no name or nose art. “ - James Littlefield, Pilot

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2021 22:12:43 466thHistorian Changes to serial number, production block number and events
Sources

http://www.reddog1944.com/340th%20BG%20487th%20BS%20PLANES.htm

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2021 22:08:08 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.reddog1944.com/340th%20BG%20487th%20BS%20PLANES.htm

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