Jarold J Byrom

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 49639 - 1Lt Ehle H. Reber (P), 2Lt Jarold J. Byrom (N), 2Lt Robert J. Swindle (B), 2Lt Allan D. Mitchell (CP). This was the cover photograph on the New York...

1-May-1942 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". Apparently he and the crew were re-assigned to B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS, no explanation was found in the records of 303BG on their website.

Shot down 23 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry Jinx" while serving as Navigator. Aircraft sustained damage from flak over the target of Lorient, France and crashed in to Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Crew position verified from crew records of the 303rd Bomb Group website, Gary Moncur, historian.

Participated in 6 Operations (1 was aborted) 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

Aircraft

Ground crewmen of the 303rd Bomb Group work on the engines of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Jerry Jinx". Handwritten caption on reverse: '303BG'.
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Jerry Jinx & What's Up Doc?
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 20 December 1942
  • Official Description: 72 HBs attack air de pot at Romilly-sur-Seine in effective raid. 6 bmrs are lost to ftrs.
  • Date: 12 December 1942
  • Official Description: 17 HBs bomb Rouen-Sotteville M/Y. Bad weather prevents large attack planned for air installations at Romilly-sur-Seine.
A flight of B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 305th Bomb Group, in formation returning from Lille. Printed caption on reverse: 'Vapor trails made by Boeing B-17's returning from Lille, France. US Air Force Photo.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'KY-A, 25085?. KY-B, 124591 "Rigor Mortis". KY-C, 25078. JJ-Q, 25060. JJ-R, 123614 "Snafu". XK-U "Wham Bam". XK-P "Flapper".
  • Date: 6 December 1942
  • Official Description: 36 HBs attack Atelier d’Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille while a smaller group of aircraft bomb Abbeville/Drucat A/F.

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

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Assigned to Aircraft

Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942 Assigned as Navigator of B-17 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Other

Arrived in UK

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 October 1942 Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Navigator aboard B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS.

Other

Re-assigned to Aircraft

21 November 1942 Re-assigned with crew to B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS. Reason not found in available 303BG records.

Other

Mission #1, 2LT Jarold J. Byrom, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/437BS

Lorient, France 22 November 1942 Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, 2LT Jarold J. Byrom, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/437BS

Lille, France 6 December 1942 Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #3, 2LT Jarold J. Byrom, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/437BS

Rouen, France 12 December 1942 Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK

Other

Mission #4, 2LT Jarold J. Byrom, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/437BS - Aborted

Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942 Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #5, 2LT Jarold J. Byrom, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/437BS

Lille, France 13 January 1943 Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #6, 2LT Jarold J. Byrom, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/437BS

Lorient, France 23 January 1943 Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft was shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed into the Bay of Biscay, France and he was killed. KIA

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

Lorient, France 23 January 1943 Killed when aircraft sustained flak damage over the target and crashed into the sea near Lorient, France. His remains have never been recovered.

Other

Commemorated

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date7 Feb 2016 21:14:51
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016 Correcting typos

Date7 Feb 2016 20:55:38
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 20:52:43
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 20:50:42
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 20:48:58
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 20:47:33
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 20:45:35
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 20:43:34
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Re-aassigned to aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date7 Feb 2016 20:42:32
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Arrival in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ehle H. Reber crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-reber.html

Date7 Feb 2016 20:40:47
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ehle H. Reber crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-reber.html

Date7 Feb 2016 20:39:13
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added initial assignment, arrival in UK event, and Operations participation to Summary Biography; made connections to all Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ehle H. Reber crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-reber.html

Date23 Jan 2015 20:01:39
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 21-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15473; Added Role per 303rd Bomb Group website, Gary Moncur, historian; Added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:15:03
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15473 / MACR 15473, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 66 ,

href="http://303rdbg.com/rost-ab.html">http://303rdbg.com/rost-ab.html> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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