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James E Luna

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) near Wolfsburg in B-17 "Beatty's 8-Balls" #43-39128

Service

Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-39128 “Beatty's 8-Balls”

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 9/12/45; Dow Fd 17/12/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-M] Nuthampstead 13/2/45; (4m) Missing in Action Wittenberg, Ger 22/2/45 with Hubert Beatty, Co-pilot: Jim Honaker, Navigator: Jim Luna (3 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Urie Zook,...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Houston, Texas, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 22 February 1945
Died 22 February 1945
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2020 22:25:07 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Added a Buried event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 56359513.

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2020 22:22:19 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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 / MACR 12650 / MACR 12650, Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Streitfeld pp121-125 that Luna was on his first mission / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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