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James Alan Schroeder

Military

Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24-Feb-44 in B-24 41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2922

"Remained POW until liberation 1945. Dad was NOT repatriated as stated in the Flak Alley (Capt. Bell) bio. George Hall, bombardier was repatriated with both eyes damaged. Hall's life was saved by my father (he donned chute, assisted out)."

Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • George Hall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Joined the 44th on 31-Jan-44 and was shot down 3 weeks later. Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach on a mission to an A/C factory at Gotha on 24-Feb-44 in B-24D 41-24225 ...

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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...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24225 'Flak Alley'

    B-24 Liberator
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943. ...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets which it is thought will frustrate concentration...

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...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 29 July 1920

Son of Thomas Barkley and Martha [McGowan] Schroeder.

Based Shipdham 1944 – 24 February 1944

Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 24 February 1944 – May 1945

Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24-Feb-44 in B-24 41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW).

Died 16 May 1990
Buried Homewood Cemetery Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA 19 May 1990

Homewood Cemetery
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 21:14:34 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/624899360/james-schroeder-1920-veterans-aff...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/91076990/james-alan-schroeder

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2018 22:29:53 cfinney Changes to media associations
Sources

Name appears in Parker Finney's POW Diary 1944 - 1945 Stalag III Sagan Germany and Stamlager VIIA Moosberg Germany

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2018 08:15:07 cfinney Changes to media associations
Sources

Picture of Swissvale "delegates" from my father's, Parker Finney, records. The story that I heard is that my dad (shot down Aug 1944 was walking through Stalag VII and he heard "Hey Swissvale!". I have no idea how this picture was taken or ended up in my dad's collection.

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2016 02:54:12 BG44-daughter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Directly from my father and Charles Freeburgh, Flight Engineer on Flak Alley 2-24-44.

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2016 02:47:02 BG44-daughter Changes to service number and highest rank
Sources

Dad advanced to 1st Lieutenant after liberation (my mother's report).

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 19:01:09 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2922 / MACR 2922, Losse of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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