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James F Mullane


Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-31357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

"Right after bombing Schweinfurt on 13 April 1944 the bomber of pilot James F. Mullane of 381 Bomb Group (535 BS) was hit by flak and engine # 3 quit. The B-17 lost more and more altitude and speed until another engine began smoking and quit.

For a certain time there was an escort of two P-47’s, but when the situation became too dangerous all bailed out. The ship exploded mid-air and crashed at Klosterkumbd, 6 km north of Simmern/Hunsrück. All men survived."



  • Thomas Sherwood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot, Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Co-pilot, Mullane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-31357 "Our Desire". Mission to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, GE. MACR 3865. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. ...

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Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31357 Our Desire, Man o' War II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Romulus 12/11/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 11/12/43. ...

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Born East St Louis, Illinois, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 13 April 1944


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381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 3865 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3865 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database