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James Roy Akins

Military

James Akins was Co-Pilot of B-24 # 42-7544 of 44th Bomb Group / 67th Bomber Squadron when it was shot down by Flak and went low on fuel on return from the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1382. Akins initially managed to evade capture with the help of Belgian citizens and Underground members linked to the Belgian COMETE evasion network. Trapped with other evaders and helpers, he was arrested in Antwerp, Belgium on 25 March 1944. Interned at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany. Liberated May 1945. See his page at http://www.evasioncomete.be/fakinsjr.html

Service

People

  • Arthur Bayer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #42-7544. Plane crashed near Passendale, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report- MACR 1382. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Dolgin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #42-7544. Plane crashed near Passendale, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report- MACR 1382. Initially evaded. Captured Antwerp railroad station 25 March 1944 in a trap set by a false evasion line. Prisoner of War (POW). See...

  • Henry Dzwonkowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator/Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Henry Dzwonkowski was on board A/C #41-23779 '4-Q-2' on a mission to Weiner Neustadt on October 1, 1943. Plane was attacked by fighters. Lost #3 engine, radio and electric systems. Pilot Edward F. Taylor landed at an Aussie base outside of Bari, Italy....

  • Jack Foard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #42-7544. Plane crashed near Passendale, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report- MACR 1382. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Knoll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #42-7544 on mission to Solingen. Plane crashed near Passendale, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report- MACR 1382. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Miles McCue

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #42-7544 on mission to Solingen, Germany. Plane crashed near Passendale, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report- MACR 1382. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Morris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #42-7544 on mission to Solingen. Plane crashed near Passendale, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report- MACR 1382. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Taylor

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Edward Taylor was Pilot of A/C #41-23779 '4-Q-2' on a mission to Weiner Neustadt on October 1, 1943. Plane was attacked by fighters. Lost #3 engine, radio and electric systems. Taylor landed at an Aussie base outside of Bari, Italy. Spent a few days at...

  • Edward Wojcik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    RTD 4 October 1943. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #42-7544. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-7544 Seed of Satan II

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 H Serial 42-7544 was hit by Flak over Germany on the Solingen mission, 1 December 1943. Fuel down, couldn't make it back to England. Pilot Taylor managed to stay over land, allowing all crew members to bail out. Crashed 2km West of Passendale,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Leonard, Texas, United States 21 March 1919
Lived in Haskell, Texas, United States 1941
Enlisted Los Angeles, California, United States 10 December 1941
Evaded (EVD) 1 December 1943 – 25 March 1944

with the help of Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance

Captured 25 March 1944

Antwerp railroad station, in a trap set by collaborators

Prisoner of War (POW) 25 March 1944 – May 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany

Died California, United States 23 August 1987

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2021 09:10:56 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

MACR 1382
Personal research for his page at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fakinsjr.html
Updated website address in Bio

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2015 13:58:09 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Research for his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fakinsjr.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/perlastname.asp

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