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James A Dyson

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Took off from Gander in B-17 42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland 10-May-43. Shot down 16-Aug-43 in B-17 42-29866 'Judy B'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1352

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Charles Bigler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Co-pilot of B-17 42-29866 'Judy B' on Hamburg mission, when pilot Lt Willis C Carlisle was killed at controls. A/C fought off fighters whilst in uncontrolled plunge from 16,000ft to 3,500ft 25...

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29866 'Judy B'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/2/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-L] Kimbolton 21/4/43; Missing in Action Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Chas Biglar, Bombardier: John Boyle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Tyler,...

  • 42-29963 Judy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/43; Walla Walla 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-I] Kimbolton 11/6/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 with Pilot Glenn E. Camp Jr (EVD-POW); Navigator: Jarvis H. Cooper (EVD-POW);...

  • 42-30237 'Stump Jumper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-V] Kimbolton 1/6/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 4/8/44; APH Knettishall, Crashed due to flak short of target [Oldenburg power station]...

  • 42-3143 "Bugs"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/2/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Dow Fd 18/4/43; t/o Gander en route UK 10/5/43 with ...

  • 42-3258

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/4/43; Bangor 31/5/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-T] Kimbolton 11/6/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with Bill Hickey, Co-pilot: Bill Isengard, Navigator: Pasquale Natale, Bombardier: Jim Cudworth, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-3325 'Paddy Gremlin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 7/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Y] Kimbolton 1/6/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Ken Davis, Co-pilot: Chas Fowler, Navigator: Paul Clark, Bombardier: Stan Dolgin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alex...

  • 42-5810

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 20/2/43; Will Rogers 5/3/43; Smoky Hill 28/3/43; Assigned 306BG 8/6/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 8/6/43; Missing in Action Keil 29/7/43 with Rich Johnson, Co-pilot: Carl Brink, Navigator: Dave Nichols, Bombardier:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kermit, Texas, USA 28 June 1922
Enlisted 19 June 1941
Based Kimbolton 1943 – 16 August 1943

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Le Bourget, France 16 August 1943

Shot down 16-Aug-43 in B-17 42-29866 'Judy B'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1352

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 16 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).

Discharged USAAF 9 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted Goodfellow Field San Angelo, TX 22 July 1946

Re-Enlisted

Discharged USAF 7 July 1948

Honourable discharge.

Died Corsicana, TX 18 August 2000
Buried Resthaven Memorial Park Lubbock, Lubbock County, TX 21 August 2000

Resthaven Memorial Park
Lubbock,
Lubbock County, TX

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2019 19:59:04 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/59857977-james-a-dyson
https://www.fold3.com/record/84758400-james-a-dyson
https://www.fold3.com/record/625483617-james-dyson-1922
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=2749
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/38342455/james-a_-dyson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1352 / MACR 1352, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey pp. 116, 234 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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