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Jack S Harris


Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30030 'Old Ironsides'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. According to records lost his leg in the Ditching. It ditched south of the Farne Isles off the Northumberland coast. It sank in about 4 minutes. The survivors reached St. Cuthbert's Island in the Inner Farnes in their dinghy. Two gunners were lost.


Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30030 Old Ironsides

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 23/5/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [BK-F] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; transferred 2 SAD Lt Staughton 31/7/43 then 560BS/388BG. ...


Date Contributor Update
04 March 2020 04:00:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2015 16:11:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number and biography

Additional details from:;
MACR 16289 -

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:54 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor