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James Lascu Jr


Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 January 1944 in B-17F 42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz.' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR #1915



  • Wayne Hedglin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 42-29487 Ritzy Blitz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/12/42; Salina 2/2/43; Duncan 23/2/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-K] Bassingbourn 9/3/43; 48m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Wayne Hedglin, Co-pilot: Don Jones, Navigator: Carey Goodwin, Waist gunner: Bill Francisco,...


  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Follansbee, West Virginia
Assigned 1 February 1943

Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Ralph Pulcipher Crew as a Radio Operator/Gunner. He did not fly any missions with the 384th Bomb Group.

Killed in action Germany 11 January 1944

Plot A Row 30 Grave 1, Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium


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24 March 2015 14:38:26 bombercommand Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

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27 September 2014 18:14:36 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1915, 8th AF Losses