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James Oren Aubele


Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-May-43 in B-17 42-29663. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 15555

Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Donald Tuttle

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-May-43 in B-17 42-29663. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 15555 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29663

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/1/43; Salina 3/2/43; Homestead 19/2/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-H] Chelveston 2/3/43; Missing in Action Lorient 17/5/43 with Don Tuttle, Co-pilot: Jim Aubele, Navigator: Chas Spear, Radio Operator: John Gardner, Tail gunner: Ed...


  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Cuyahoga County, OH 4 February 1919

Son of Elmer H and Charlotte M [Juengling] Aubele.

Pilot training Merced Field, Oxnard, CA 1942

Primary Flight Training - Merced Field, Oxnard, CA.

Enlisted Fort Hayes, Columbus, OH 20 January 1942
Pilot training Luke Field, Phoenix, AZ August 1942

Advanced Flight Training - Class 42, Luke Field, Phoenix, AZ

Based Molesworth 1943 – 17 May 1943

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Lorient, France 17 May 1943

Shot down 17-May-43 in B-17 42-29663. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 15555

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 17 May 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died Albuquerque, NM 18 May 2011
Buried Santa Fe National Cemetery, NM 7 June 2011

Santa Fe National Cemetery
Santa Fe,
Santa Fe County, NM


Date Contributor Update
17 January 2019 17:26:06 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15555 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database