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James W Mifflin


Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23777 'Maisey', 44BG/66BS while serving as Left Waist Gunner. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Willbroksmoor, Germany. He was able to bale out of the striken aircraft and was caputred as a Prisoner of War (POW). NY Times War Correspondent Robert Post was aboard and killed.



Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23777 Maisie

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-5-CO 41-23777 was assigned to the 44th Bomb Group/66 Bomb Squadron at Shipdham, UK. On 26-Feb-43 the aircraft was despatched to bomb the shipyards at Bremen, Germany but the target was obscured by clouds so the aircraft diverted to the secondary...


  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born East St Louis, Illinois, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 26 February 1943 – 30 July 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 1, Barth-Vogelsang, Prussia. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 30-Jul-45.


Date Contributor Update
21 June 2015 22:29:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 21-Jun-2015 Added decorations and made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added POW event and location per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Added A/C model number and Unit designations in Biography. MACR 16067.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16067 / MACR 16067, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 81, The 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp. p. 52-54, The Writing 69th by Jim Hamilton p. 156 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database