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James H Ahern


Shot down 4 April 1943 in B-17 #42-5344. Target was Renault Works near Paris. Crashed at Fontaine-sous-Preau, north of Rouen. Killed in Action (KIA).

Air Medal, Purple Heart


Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5253 Expendable Number 2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/10/42; Homestead 18/12/42; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-C] Chelveston 2/3/43; Missing in Action Rouen 4/4/43 with Harry O'Neill, Co-pilot: Peter Branch, Navigator: Warren Collins, Bombardier: Ray Wells, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...


Event Location Date
Born Michigan
Killed in Action (KIA) France 4 April 1943
Died 4 April 1943


Date Contributor Update
14 October 2021 17:20:37 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15564 / MACR 15564, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 99 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database