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James Rhea Luper


Shot down 7 October 1944 in B-17 #44-8046. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • Headquarters Squadron (457th Bomb Group)


  • 42-38113 Rene III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/43; Gr Island 29/12/43; Presque Is 21/1/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [A] Glatton 23/1/44; then 750BS [R]; Missing in Action [105m] Rheine 21/3/44 with Craig Creason, Ralph Gray, Rudi Haumann, Tom Madigan, Blair Arsenault, Ralph...

  • 44-8046

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 22/5/44; Dallas 10/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Dow Fd 2/8/44; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 22/8/44; transferred 750BS/457BG [N] Glatton 24/8/44; Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with Capt Alf Fischer, Bombardier: Capt Henry Loades, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...


Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania
Died 6 May 1905


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06 August 2020 11:15:12 Davidtags Militaria Changes to awards

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22 June 2018 06:50:09 cfinney Changes to media associations

Entry on page 7 of Parker Finney's POW diary

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

1993 457th BGA Roster; MACR 9767 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia