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James Elbert Daugherty


Son of an Irish immigrant and a Choctaw woman, he grew up on a reservation in Oklahoma. He lied about his age to join the army and followed his two older brothers fighting in Europe. After the war, he abandoned the reservation and eventually settled in Southern Oregon.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Frank Prendergast

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 563BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97210 Jamaica Ginger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 9/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Milburn, OK 2 July 1924
Based Knettishall 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 563BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Brookings, OR 10 February 2015
Buried Eagle Point National Cemetery Eagle Point, Jackson County, OR 13 February 2015

Eagle Point National Cemetery
Eagle Point,
Jackson County, OR


Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 13:44:22 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 02:25:56 Coyote Tam Changes to biography and aircraft associations

I am his grandchild. I grew up learning his story.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:16 AAM AAM ingest

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