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James MacNaughton Lovell


Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Killed in Action (KIA).



  • Martin Bachicha

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Doyle Blankenship

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Brookings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters; Purple Heart

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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24578

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 3675BS/305BG [XK-R/F] Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-U] Grafton Underwood 7/10/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA Amarillo 21/5/44 (?10/4/44?); Written off 28/11/44. Ref:...

  • 42-31484 'Mairsy Doats'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Kearney 10/12/43; Presque Is 14/12/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-F] Grafton Underwood 20/1/44; 546BS [BK-F]; battle damaged Gerolstein 27/12/44, crash landed Manston; 9KIA; Salvaged 28/12/44. MAIRSY DOATS.

  • 42-31926 Lovell's Hovel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; Homestead 27/1/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-G] Grafton Underwood 19/2/44; Missing in Action Watten V-site at Wizernes 19/3/44 with Jim Lovell, Co-pilot: Walt Brookings, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Calvin...

  • 42-5404 Geezil

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/42; West Palm Beach 18/12/42; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-D] Thurleigh 1/2/43; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-M] Grafton Underwood 22/8/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Horace Writz, Bombardier: Paul Beeler, Flight...

  • 42-5444 "WE DOOD IT"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 10/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Molesworth 2/6/43; 403AD Langford Lodge 5/7/43; 545BS/384BG [JD-N] Grafton Underwood 11/8/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Burton Ross, Navigator: Art Caziani, Bombardier:...


  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

  • 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...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

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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 Calumet, MI 2 March 1920
Lived in Hubbell, MI 1 July 1941
384th BG Combat Tour Grafton Underwood Airfield, UK 16 December 1943 – 19 March 1944

Shot Down on his 15th combat mission

Killed in Action (KIA) Wavrans-sur-Ternoise, France 19 March 1944

Aircraft hit by flak immediately after bombs away; later observed spiraling down with flames pouring from all parts of aircraft; four chutes emerged, with one on fire; crashed near Wavrans-sur-Ternoise, a very small village, near a larger town called St Pol-sur-Ternoise, France. MACR 3242

Buried Calumet, MI 1950

Lake View Cemetery
Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan, USA
Sec: 51, Lot: 11


Date Contributor Update
04 December 2020 00:38:13 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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27 September 2014 18:14:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3242 / MACR 3242, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database