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James E Luna


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


Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb 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


  • 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,...


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


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

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

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

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

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