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James R Korecky


James R Korecky served as a pilot with the 364th Fighter Group.

On a local training flight from Goxhill on 13 March 1944, Korecky was flying P-38J #42-67686, which landed long, blew a tire and ran off the runway. Korecky returned to service (RTD).

On 30 July 1944, when assigned to the 364th Fighter Group, James Korecky died when his P-51D stalled and collided with a parked B-17G #42-107226 on take-off at Honington.


Units served with


  • 42-107226

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 28/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 385BG RAF Great Ashfield 22/4/44; While parked in revetment was hit on take off by P-51D-5-NA 44-14034 (Pilot: 1Lt James R Korecky) at RAF Honington 30 July 1944 wounding mechanics Sgt...

  • 44-14034 "Jackie"

    P-51 Mustang

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...


Event Location Date
Born Illinois, USA 1922
Lived in 1905 Wenonah Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402, USA 1940

Exact dates not yet known.
He was the son of James and Mae, brother of Milton and George.

Enlisted Peoria, IL, USA 28 May 1942

2 years of college, civilian occupation listed as 'actor', single.

Commissioned as Second Lieutenant 7 February 1944
Promoted from Second to First Lieutenant 2 June 1944
Died Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK 30 July 1944
Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, 7750 Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL 60130, USA August 1948


Date Contributor Update
09 June 2015 12:14:31 Lucy May Changes to biography

For more details of the long landing at Goxhill, see Bomber County Aviation Resource website:

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2015 12:02:39 Lucy May Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Combined two entries for James R Korecky into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Other sources used:
Enlistment record:

Findagrave record:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:52 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces