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James W Reed

Military

Cannot find an explanation for the four month break between his 6th mission (as a co-pilot) 14 July 1943 and his 7th mission, 13 November 1943 (as pilot of his own crew).

Service

People

  • Robert Cozens

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Command Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Francis Sullivan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Set afire by fighters on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31251crashed ENE of Vechta, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29791 Little Jimmie, Memphis Blues

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-Q] Alconbury 19/4/43 LITTLE JIMMIE; ...

  • 42-29807 'Lady Liberty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; New Castle 6/4/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Alconbury 15/4/43 PATSY ANN; Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 5m, transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-O] Chelveston 17/6/43; Missing in Action Gilze...

  • 42-30273 'PATSY ANN III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Cheyenne 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 16/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Horham 17/6/43; with R.C. Cozens force landed RAF St Eval 28/6/43; Missing in...

  • 42-31251

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Wilmington 1/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-P] Horham 11/11/43; force landed Rattlesden 10/2/42 with J.W. Reed; 21m, Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/43 with Tom Keasbey, Co-pilot: Capt Roy Gee, Navigator:...

  • 42-31329

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Memphis 10/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-H] Horham 15/11/43; with Glen Infield force landed RAF Manston 4/3/44; 25m, Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with Jim Reed, Co-pilot: Maj Noel Strader,...

  • 42-37766 'Princess Pat'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/8/43; Scott 30/9/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Horham 13/10/43; with J.W. Hargrove force landed Snetterton Heath 16/11/43; (10m), Missing in Action Munster 22/12/43 with Maurice Mangis, Co-pilot: Don Lembeke, Waist gunner: Jack...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

  • 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 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

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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....

Events

Event Location Date
Born
95th BG Combat Tour Horham, Switzerland 13 May 1943 – 16 March 1944
Crash Landed/Interned Diepoldsau, Switzerland 16 March 1944

Attacked by ME 109 fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31329 fell out of formation and made a wheels up landing at Diepoldsau, Switzerland after five of the crew bailed out. Interned.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2020 01:58:35 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/5531

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3229 / MACR 3229, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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