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James Harold Grimmett


Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211, RENO'S RAIDER. Prisoner of War (POW).



  • Earl Allison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211, RENO'S RAIDER. Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #4560

  • William Clements

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • John Curtin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Ditched 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31274 'Sea Hag.' Rescued and returned to base. Shot down on 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1768 POW

  • Sam Gardner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 384th Bomb Group

  • Lester Hall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #4560 POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

  • Kenneth Hougard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Military Occupation Specialty 612 Airplane Armorer/Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211. With the help of friendly French Nationals, he evaded capture from 8 May 1944 until 4 July 1944 when he was liberated by advancing American troops.

  • Randolph Jacobs

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Randolph G. E. Jacobs completed a 25 mission combat tour and volunteered to fly five additional missions. He was Killed in Action on his first additional mission.

  • Vernon Kaufman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Kouski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • William Laubenstein

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

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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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31211 Reno's Raider

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Romulus 24/10/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-H] Grafton Underwood 23/11/43; Missing in Action Sottevast 8/5/44 with Capt Earl Allison, Co-pilot: Capt Randolph Jacobs, Bombardier: Jack Nagel, Flight engineer...


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    8 May 1944

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 Chicago, Illinois, USA 12 February 1919
Enlisted Peoria, IL, USA 6 May 1941

Residence: Sangamon County, Illinois
Private, Air Corps

Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 5 November 1943 – 8 May 1944

Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 544th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #136 dated 5 November 1943, Earl Thomas Allison Crew. 22 combat missions.

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 8 May 1944 – May 1945

Group lead. Was hit by continuously tracking flak about 40 seconds before bomb release; aircraft received direct burst beneath the pilot's compartment; started in to a steep spiral; crashed about 7 miles SW of Valognes, France. MACR 4560.
POW Camp: Not identified in National Archives POW database.

Died Florida, USA 16 October 1997

Florida National Cemetery
Sumter County
Florida, USA
Plot: 113, 0, 183


Date Contributor Update
09 January 2017 00:31:57 bombercommand Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2016 21:59:59 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4560 / MACR 4560, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database