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James Ernest Hallas

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  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106993

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P/W] Horham 13/3/44; with J. M. Bastion; Co-pilot Frank Puckett Barbour; force landed France 22/6/44; with J.E. Hamilton force landed RAF Bentwaters, Sfk 6/10/44;121m...

  • 42-31376

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/10/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-U] Horham 26/12/43; 48m, Missing in Action Gdynia 6/8/44 with G.B. Herchenhahan, crew unknown; sustained battle damage and force landed Russia and abandoned, Salvaged & repaired 12/11/44; transferred...

  • 42-31410 Berlin Bessie, I Dood It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/10/43; Kearney 13/11/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-G] Horham 1/1/44; flak damage Berlin 6/10/44 with Lester Lennox, Co-pilot: Bob McCoy (2 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Bill Tate, Bombardier: Dick White, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31989 'Spam Can' 'Black Magic' 'Shady Lady'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 27/2/44; 336BS [ET-B]; on return from mission landing gear would not lower and crash landed RAF Honington, Suffolk, with Harry Rivenbark, Co-pilot: cp-Boll...

  • 42-97120

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Kearney 29/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-E] Horham 3/3/44; {47m}, Missing in Action Regensburg 21/7/44 with Henry Laird, Co-pilot: Fred Clark, Navigator: Bill Gifford, Bombardier: Ordway Gates, Radio...

  • 42-97844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Bill Durant (Ouratt?), Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator...

  • 43-38199

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/7/44; Hunter 22/7/44; Dow Fd 2/8/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Z] Horham 3/8/44; (39m) battle damaged Cottbus 15/2/45 with Fred Volz, Co-pilot: Ed Pachnik, Navigator: Jim Drexler, Bombardier: Chas Moody, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 43-38333 Heavy Date

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/7/44; Kearney 31/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Horham 12/8/44; with C.E. Willis force landed A-82 Rouvres, Fr 20/2/45; 73m, crash landed base with ?, non op 6/5/45; ditched North Sea with Roger Sundin 26/5/45....

  • 44-6098

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 2/5/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-N] Horham 30/5/44; 23m, battle damaged Hamburg 4/8/44 with Bob Hamilton, Navigator: Chas Shippe, Bombardier: Jack Sternback, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Oliver...

Missions

  • 358

    19 May 1944

  • 367

    24 May 1944

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 414

    15 June 1944

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

  • 435

    23 June 1944

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lowell, MA 3 April 1918
Lived in Keene, NH 1941

24 Foundry Street

Enlisted Manchester, NH 4 April 1941
95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 19 May 1944 – 6 November 1944
Died Lowell, MA 8 January 1989
Buried Johnston, RI 12 January 1989

Highland Memorial Park
Johnston, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA Add to Map
Plot
Maple Gardens, # 19

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2020 00:23:30 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/44024_12_00...
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=2142771
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/2673

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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