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James Horace Curtis

Military

James Curtis was Top Turret gunner on B-17 #42-3190, shot down over France, 14 July 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Eino Asiala

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Eino Asiala was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-3190, shot down over France, 14 July 1943. Initially evaded, he was captured in Paris at the end of August 1943 and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Conroy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five'. Evaded.

  • Roscoe Greene

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five'. Evaded (EVD).

  • Kee Harrison

    Military | Major | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Kee Harrison was Pilot of B-17 #42-3190, shot down 14 July 1943 over France. He evaded capture with the help of French citizens and members of the French Résistance and was fed, sheltered, clothed and transported all the way to Gibraltar. After having...

  • Richard Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles McNemar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 "Mr. Five By Five". Evaded (EVD). Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance. Guided to the South of France, he crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain. Led to Gibraltar, he was flown back from...

  • Jefferson Polk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Evaded (EVD).

  • Earl Porath

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Turner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Evaded (EVD).

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 333rd Bomb Squadron

    333rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-3190 Mr Five by Five, Nip 'N Tuck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43. Bangor 23/5/43. Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-W] Rougham /43 (332BS [QE-W]. Missing in Action Le Bourget 14 July 1943 with Captain Kee H. Harrison (*), Co-pilot: David H. Turner (*), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: James H....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 13 June 1917

Arkansas, the son of Ray Troy Curtis and Cora Curtis

Enlisted 1942

Michigan

Prisoner of War (POW) 14 July 1943 – 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan/Zagan, Poland. Force-marched from there to Stalag 7A in Moosburg, Germany. Liberated there by US troops on 29 April 1945. NARA WWII POW record: “Returned to Military Control on 30 July 1945.”

Buried 1984

James Curtis rests at the Redwood Falls Cemetery, Redwood Falls, Minnesota

Died 24 October 1984

Redwood Falls, Minnesota

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 14:49:51 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
E-mails 2004-2005 with local researcher Frenchman Loic Lemarchand
Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 114 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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