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James Jeremiah Mahoney


Wrote 'Reluctant Witness', his memoirs.

Survived ordeal of very hard-luck original 492nd BG, which lost more than 40% of its combatants in 3 months, to serve with the relatively good luck 467th BG. Took excellent color films of South Atlantic crossing, base and combat operations of the two groups.

In solo flight over violatile front lines, personally scouted out the Clastres (France) forward air base for major 96th Wing operation 'trucking' gasoline to Patton's 3rd Army in Spet 1944.

Was well regarded natural leader; made Lt. Col. at 27 and promoted to Deputy CO at Rackheath under the rigid but very capable Col. Albert Joseph Shower.

DFC w/2 Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Medal w/6 Oak Leaf Cluster; 9 campaign ribbons



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    Military | Sergeant | Ground Crew - Mechanic | 467th Bomb Group
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Units served with

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 788th Bomb Squadron

    788th Bomb Squadron

    During early May 1944, General Peck, Commanding general of the 96th CBW, invited Colonel Shower, CO of the 467th BG, Colonel Isbell, CO of the 458th BG, and Colonel Pierce, CO of the 466th BG, to wing HQ at Horsham St. Faith. They were told that one of...

Associated Place

  • Rackheath

    Military site : airfield
    First allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in August 1942, Rackheath was then earmarked as a fighter base but, because of delay in construction, was never used as such. Built during 1943, the station had three concrete runways, 50 loop...


Event Location Date
Born Newton, Massachusetts 4 February 1917
Died 15 September 1998


Date Contributor Update
09 May 2017 21:02:14 judgejj Changes to awards

Son, J. Jeremiah Mahoney

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2017 20:57:27 judgejj Changes to middlename, nickname and biography

Son, J. Jeremiah Mahoney

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / son, Brian H. Mahoney