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Tsgt. James MacDonald 351st BG 509BS



  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron


  • James McDonald

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Engineer
    James McDonald served as a flight engineer/top turret gunner with the 509th Bomb Squadron of the 351st Bomb Group, flying missions out of Polebrook. He completed 34 missions and received the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.


  • 44-6907 Portland Rose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 14/12/44; Dow Fd 22/12/44; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-P] Polebrook 1/1/45; 28m Returned to the USA Bradley 27/5/45; Sth Plains 30/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 24/11/45.


  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


Date Contributor Update
15 May 2017 17:23:33 Lucy May Changes to person associations

Connected up media record to airman record for James McDonald/MacDonald

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2017 18:09:09 Bob351stBGson Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Son of pilot, LT Robert Potter, his notes and photos