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James E Allen

Military

Entered service at Fort Bragg, NC 23 September 1942. Joined 392nd BG 15 November 1943. Rank at end of WW II was T/Sergeant. Pilot-Marvin E. Schollberg. Discharged 12 October 1945. Shot down by fighters and believed to have crashed near Vettleschloss on the return from a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100344. Prisoner of War (POW)-14 1/2 months.

POW

Service

Units served with

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 576th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-7527 Black Widow

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to the 392nd Bomb Group on 22 August 1943. Crashed on its 12th mission on 24 February 1944. 5 members of the crew were killed in action (KIA), while the other 5 were taken Prisoner of War (POW)

Associated Place

  • Wendling

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 24 February 1944

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2020 21:41:58 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
Sources

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2948 / MACR 2948, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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