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James Joseph Brodie

Military

Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Magdeburg in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222 28-Sep-44. Crashed near Erxleben Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 9366.

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

1Lt James J. Brodie from Chicago was the pilot of 'Lazy Daisy'. He flew with the 384th Bomb Group. On 28 September 1944, his B 17 collided with B-17 43-37822 and crashed near Ost Ingersleber, Germany, killing all but three of the crew. 1Lt Brodie and S/Sergeant Robert Crumpton are the only ones buried at Margraten Military Cemetery. Many thanks to Larry Miller for the picture of LT Velve.

Service

People

  • Byron Atkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Erxleben in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222

  • Robert Crumpton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Mid-Air Collision with B-17 43-37822, LEAD BANANNA. Crashed near Erxleben in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' #42-31222, Missing Air Crew Report #9366.

  • Donald Dooley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Erxleben in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' #42-31222 as a result of a mid-air collision. One combat mission with the 384th Bomb Group.

  • George Hawkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Erxleben on 28 September 1944 in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222

  • Gordon Hetu

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Erxleben, Germany in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222 as a result of a mid-air collision with B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana'. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Harry Liniger

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Erxleben on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' #4231222

  • Wilfred Miller

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Erxleben on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' #4231222

  • Leonard Opie

    Military | Sergeant | MOS 611, Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #148 dated 26 July 1944, James Joseph Brodie Crew. 3 combat missions.

  • William Taylor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Monchengladbach on 5 October 1944 in B-17 #43-38579. Missing Air Crew Report #9754.

  • Lloyd Vevle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Erxleben, Germany in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222. Missing Air Crew Report 9366.

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31222 Lazy Daisy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Memphis 24/10/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-D] Grafton Underwood 546 [BK-D] 23/11/43; Missing in Action Magdeburg (Berlin) 28/9/44 with Jim Brodie, Co-pilot: Lloyd Vevle, ng-Byron Atkins, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • 652

    28 September 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Rockaway Beach, NY 22 May 1921

Son of James Francis and Mary A [Golden] Brodie.

Lived in Los Angeles, CA February 1942

At time of draft registration working for Lockheed Corp. Los Angeles, CA

Based Grafton Underwood August 1944 – 28 September 1944

Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 39343 Erxleben, Germany 28 September 1944

Collided with 43‑37822 over target; both ships went down on fire and out of control; no chutes observed; crashed near Erxleben, Germany; MACR 9366.

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1946

Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands
Plot J Row 13 Grave 4

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2021 17:28:07 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56297091/james-joseph-brodie

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2019 21:51:11 bombercommand Changes to media associations
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=466

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2019 18:35:54 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28679773
https://www.fold3.com/image/629130494
https://www.fold3.com/record/529871949-james-j-brodie
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=466
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56297091/james-joseph-brodie

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2019 17:13:57 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28679773
https://www.fold3.com/record/529871949-james-j-brodie
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56297091/james-joseph-brodie

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2016 18:10:32 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=466

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9366 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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