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James Henry Cruise


Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Kelly crew. 32 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • John Kelly

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Flushing, NY 18 December 1907

Son of George C and Catherine [ McNeany] Cruise.

Enlisted Fort Jay, Governors Island, NY 14 September 1942

Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York

Based Grafton Underwood February 1944 – June 1944

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Hospitalised October 1944


Discharged USAAF 21 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Vernon, CT 27 July 1999
Buried State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, Middlesex County, CT August 1999

State Veterans Cemetery
Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut