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James W Conley


On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. RTD. Shot down by fighters near Haselunne on a mission to Klein Machnow, Belin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-97495. Prisoner of War (POW).




  • Antonio Savoca

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. WIA. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3153 "The Worry Wart" with the 96th BG / "Devil's Daughter" with the 95th BG

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/4/43; Dow Fd 3/6/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Snetterton 12/6/43; THE WORRY WART; transferred 336BS/95BG "THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER" [ET-A] 7/43; 37missions. Force-landed RAF Headcorn 26/9/43; force-landed Thorpe Abbotts AF 7/1/43; force...

  • 42-31939 Spook Six

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Kearney 15/1/44; Romulus 23/1/44; Grenier 25/1/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-J] Horham 2/2/44; transferred 412BS [QW-J]; 98m, with S.D. Reed, force landed RAF Coltishakk, 8RTD, 1WIA; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 21/6/44;...

  • 42-3400 'The Gremlin's Sweetheart'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 7/6/43; Dow Fd 16/7/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 3/8/43; 336BS [ET-D]; with R.L. Yuenger force landed Ford ex-Stuttgart 6/9/43;Tail gunner: D.E. Williams [wia 26/11/43; 48m, Salvaged 21/6/45. THE GREMLIN'S SWEETHEART.

  • 42-3465 'Wee Bonnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/6/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-N] Horham 30/8/43; force landed Bassingbourn Afd 16/10/43; force landed RAF Friston 30/11/43 with James W Conley (7 Returned to Duty), Navigator: Robert J Fogarty, Bombardier: Royal...

  • 42-39838

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 15/9/43; Scott 22/10/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 29/10/43; on return from Ludwigshaven 7/1/44 with Jim Conley, Co-pilot: Bill Wood, Navigator: Bob Fogaty, Bombardier: Royal Klein, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clyde...

  • 42-5918 'Heavenly Daze'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 7/5/43; Denver 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 19/5/43; Dow Fd 4/6/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-J] Horham 15/6/43; Ball turret gunner: D. Jacoby [wia] 13/12/43; 36m, Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Jim Foley, Co-pilot: Paul Keith,...

  • 42-97495

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/12/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Presque Is 23/12/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-C] Horham 24/12/43; 17m, Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Jim Conley, Co-pilot: Col Lewis Palmer, Navigator: Bob Fogarty, Bombardier: Antonio Savoca, Flight...


  • VIII Bomber Command 131

    16 November 1943
    This mission was directed at targets in Norway. It was composed of three elements. The first element was a combined force of 189 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 384BG (21); 303BG (20); 379BG (22); 351BG (20); 91BG (20); 381BG (22); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 134

    19 November 1943
    The primary target for this mission was Gelsenkirchen, Germany by adverse weather conditions and failure of the PFF equipment caused al formations to seek out targets of opportunity along the German-Dutch border. The force was composed of 168 B-17s...

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 140

    29 November 1943
    This is another massive raid on Bremen, Germany by a force of 360 B-17s. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 182 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 94BG (40); 95BG (20); 96BG (41); 100BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 143

    30 November 1943
    This mission is directed at a single target - the industrial areas of Solingen, Germany. The mission consists of three elements. The first element is a force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (16...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • 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 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 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. ...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....


Event Location Date
Born St. Paul, MN 21 December 1919
Enlisted Minneapolis, MN 30 March 1942
Crash Landed Wilby, UK 7 January 1944


Shot Down/Captured near Hasselunne, Germany 6 March 1944


POW Barth, Germany 15 March 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft I
(dates are approximate)

Died Dallas, TX 23 May 1971
Buried Wichita, KS 27 May 1971

Maple Grove Cemetery
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Section B, Lot 13, Grave 8


Date Contributor Update
14 July 2020 22:04:03 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:58 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2986 / MACR 2986, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database