James R Dunn

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

31-Mar-43 Killed in Action (KIA) as Pilot of B-17F #42-29573 "Two Beauts" in midair collision with B-17F #41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS. This occured less than an hour from takeoff with each carrying 6 bombs for the mission to Rotterdam. The planes crashed at Mears Ashby and 303rd reports a memorial to the two crews is there.

Participated in 3 Operations. See Biography events.

Connections

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-72960
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37202734
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-728859
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15088413
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-729475
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Big Ast Bird
  • Unit: 487th Bomb Group 839th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Two Beauts
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Hunting Club
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Killed on Mission (KOM)

Mears Ashby, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6, UK 1943-03-31 Killed when aircraft B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24559 "Oool Soljer", 303BG/360BS during assembly.

Other

Mission #1, 2LT James R. Dunn, w/B-17F 42-29520, 303BG/358BS

Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 1943-03-18 Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-29520, 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, 2LT James R. Dunn, w/B-17F 42-5432, 303BG/358BS

Rouen, France 1943-03-28 Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5432 "The Hunting Club", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, 2LT James R. Dunn, w/B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS - KOM

Rotterdam, Netherlands 1943-03-31 Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. The aircraft sustained a mid-aair collision and crashed. He was killed in the accident.

Revisions

Date16 Mar 2020 18:18:06
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date29 Oct 2019 21:30:40
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a connection to A/C 42-29573.

Date13 Mar 2016 21:28:17
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 13-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date13 Mar 2016 21:25:48
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 13-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date13 Mar 2016 21:22:44
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 13-Mar-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date13 Mar 2016 18:59:01
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 13-Mar-2016. Added loss details and Particiaptions statement to Summary Biography; Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date27 Sep 2014 18:14:51
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 94, 303rd web site, ABMC web site