James F Mullane


Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-31357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

"Right after bombing Schweinfurt on 13 April 1944 the bomber of pilot James F. Mullane of 381 Bomb Group (535 BS) was hit by flak and engine # 3 quit. The B-17 lost more and more altitude and speed until another engine began smoking and quit.

For a certain time there was an escort of two P-47’s, but when the situation became too dangerous all bailed out. The ship exploded mid-air and crashed at Klosterkumbd, 6 km north of Simmern/Hunsrück. All men survived."


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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 381st Bomb Group 422nd Bomb Squadron 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-437872
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot, Co-Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Our Desire, Man o War II
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron


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


Event Location Date Description


Prisoner of War (POW)

Germany 13 April 1944


East St Louis, Illinois, USA


Date6 Feb 2019 12:16:40
Date27 Sep 2014 18:14:21

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 3865 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3865 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database