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James Ralston Geary Jr


Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Re-assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 24-May-44 in B-17 42-97845. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5151.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (2 battle stars), AF Commendation (OLC), Distinguished Unit Citation (OLC), National Defense (1 battle star).

Awards: Remained in USAF serving in Korea and Vietnam rising to rank of Colonel.



  • Leonard Baumgartner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed on Regensburg mission 17-8-43 aboard B17 42-30434 "Betty Boop - The Pistol Packin' Mama". 'Betty Boop' landed in Nth Africa. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Louis Paltrineri

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Louis flew 30 missions as a Radio Operator with the 100th Bomb Group from Thorpe Abbots. He was shot down on 24-May-44 in B-17 42-97845 and was taken as a Prisoner of War. ...

  • Donald Ventriss

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    GROUP BOMBARDIER (ORIGINAL CADRE WITH 390TH BG). Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Re-assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron
  • 570th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30434 Betty Boop - The Pistol Packin' Mama

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Rapid City 19/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Smoky Hill 23/6/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-A] Framlingham 18/7/43; on Regensburg mission 17/8/43 Len Baumgartner was KIA; Missing in Action Regensburg...

  • 42-31275 G I Wonder

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/10/43; Gr Island 25/10/43; Romulus 1/11/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-A] Framlingham 10/11/43; Melvin Adams Wounded in Action on Merseburg mission 29/6/44 Returned to the USA 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 11/7/45;...

  • 42-31512 Ice Cold Katie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/11/43; Gt Falls 15/11/43; Denver 22/11/43; Kearney 27/11/43; Presque Is 25/12/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-H] Framlingham 2/1/44; suffered n/battle damaged hitting tree at Grundisburgh Hall, Sfk, being slow timed on 2/6/44, with...

  • 42-31649

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Grenier 26/1/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-C] Framlingham 2/2/44 OLD SOLDIER; took off as weather ship before a mission 24/5/44 with Percy Stresing, Co-pilot: Bob Buckley, Navigator: Jean Raas, Bombardier:...

  • 42-31732 Paper Doll II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/12/43; Kearney 26/12/43; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-D] Framlingham 17/1/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 2/6/44 with Bob Crouch, Waist gunner: George Ferguson, Waist gunner: Ben Tureman (3 Prisoner of War); Co...

  • 42-37932

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-P] Framlingham 12/11/43; Missing in Action Chartres 2/3/44 with Everett Ferguson, Navigator: Ed Imblum, Radio Operator: Gene Wilusz, Waist gunner: Bill Conrad,Tail gunner: Bill...

  • 42-39927 The Skillet

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 9/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-R] Framlingham 11/11/43; sustained severe battle damaged on mission late 1943, crash landed at US fighter base at Wormingford, Essex, but repaired and returned to operations;...

  • 42-97845

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN- ] Thorpe Abbotts 1/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Capt Jim Geary, Co-pilot: Maj Maurice Fitzgerald, Navigator: Dort Payne, Bombardier: Edwin Stern, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


Event Location Date
Born Nyack, New York, USA 17 October 1917
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 24 May 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Shot down 19288 Ludwigslust, Germany 24 May 1944

Shot down 24-May-44 in B-17 42-97845. Prisoner of War (POW).

Died Fort Pierce, FL, USA 21 February 2001
Buried March 2001

Arlington National Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
20 February 2018 17:34:24 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2017 00:21:08 JoCarter Changes to aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:51 AAM AAM ingest

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001; MACR 5151 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5151 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database