James Crawford Neill

Military

Object Number - UPL 31927 - 2nd Lt James C Neill crew (401st BG 615th BS) 13 missions (between 2 June and 7 July 1944) lost on Leipzig aboard 42-37981 "Belle of the Barbary...

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Leipzig in B-17 'Belle of the Barbary Coast' 42-37981. Lost due to mech failure and shot down by Fw190 crashed near Burkhorst 7-Jul-44. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7222.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34763682
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39905078 / O-820434
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13098800 / O-750039
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34663490
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12134326
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Belle of the Barbary Coast
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
Prisoners of war, including Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 479th Fighter Group at Stalag Luft I.
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Carroll County, MS, USA 1916-12-19 Son of Eugene Cothran and Eva [McEachern] Neill.

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Barth, Germany 1944-07-07 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died

Carroll County, MS, USA 1970-01-01

Buried

Evergreen Cemetery North Carrollton, Carroll County, MS 1970-01-04 Evergreen Cemetery North Carrollton, Carroll County, Mississippi

Based

Deenethorpe 1944-07-07 Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Shot down

Dannefeld, 39649 Gardelegen, Germany 1944-07-07 Failed to Return (FTR) Leipzig in B-17 'Belle of the Barbary Coast' 42-37981 Lost due to mech failure and shot down by Fw190 crashed near Burkhorst 7-Jul-44. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7222.

Enlisted

Mid Delta Aviation, Mid Delta Regional Airport, 278 Fifth Avenue, Greenville, MS 38703, United States 1942-07-08 Greenville AAF, Mississippi

Other

Discharged USAAF

Honourable discharge.

Revisions

Date23 Jul 2021 21:17:33
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date4 Mar 2018 13:43:44
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Key Image ID.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:14:12
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7222 / MACR 7222, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=332 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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