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James J Maginnis

Military

July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in B-17 #42-29726 'Poisonality'.

Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3486. Killed in Action (KIA). This was his 25th mission.

Service

People

  • Morris Bieler

    Military | Sergeant | 351st Bomb Group
    Morris Bieler was part of James Maginnis' crew. He served with the 509th Bomb Squadron of the 351st Bomb Group, flying missions out of Polebrook, England. He serviced the bomber planes. He was the first and oldest of his three brothers to enlist during...

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Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron
  • 812th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29726 'The Dallas Rebel' 'Poisonality'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky Hill 25/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 20/4/43 THE DALLAS REBEL; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 509BS/351BG [RQ-Q] Polebrook 11/7/43; battle damaged...

  • 42-3486

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/7/43; Rome 24/7/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-D] Alconbury 22/9/43 (H2-X); Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Paul McGinnis, Co-pilot: Roy Peterson, Navigator: Clarry Bevins, John O’Brien ex nav, Bombardier: George Wylie,...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Enlisted New York, NY, USA 16 December 1941
Died 11 January 1944
Buried 2040 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA

At Long Island National Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2021 20:00:44 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2017 11:20:06 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2742284/james-j-maginnis

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2017 11:17:55 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2522, 8th AF Losses, 1st cousin February 2009

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2017 11:13:59 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Page 65 in LOSSES OF THE 8TH & 9TH AIR FORCES , Vol 2 by Bishop & Hey
https://www.fold3.com/image/1/28608439
http://www.351st.org/loadlist/search.php

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2016 14:00:51 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 213

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.351st.org/ken.harbour/

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