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James W Wilson


He was CO of the 423rd BS from 01 March 1942 to 19 February 1943. Also, was GP Operations Officer 19 February 1943 to 22 June 1943. Flew 17 missions from 09 Oct 1942 to 26 June 1943. He was wounded and returned to the US. October 1943 he became Director of Training (B-17 School) Ardmore Air Field, OK. March 1944 he was at HQ USAAF, Plans Officer, 20th Bomber Command. 27 September 1944- 04 August 1945 he was Commander of the 92nd BG and completed combat tour.

SS 1Oak Leaf Cluster, AM 5Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC 1Oak Leaf Cluster, DSC, PH, Legion of Merit 1Oak Leaf Cluster, AF Commendation Medal, Order of Cloud and Banner-China,



  • William Cassedy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    William Cassedy first flew as Copilot on Capt. Raymond Check's crew. On the 26 June 1943 mission to Tricqueville airfield, Cassedy, the plane's regular Co-Pilot, had filled the post of one of the waist gunners on B-17 #42-3172, piloted by Lt. Col....

  • Lionel Drew

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Lionel Drew was Bombardier on the 26 June 1943 mission to the Tricqueville airfield, France, on board B-17 #42-3172. The Fortress was attacked by fighters and the Pilot, Captain Raymond Check (on his 25th and what had to be the last, mission of his...

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3172 Chennault's Pappy III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/43; Dow Fd 13/4/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-R] Thurleigh "MISS PATRICIA"-5 May 1943. Battle-damaged Tricqueville 26 June 1943 with Lt. Col. James W. Wilson. Co-Pilot Captain Raymond J. Check killed by shrapnel from enemy...


Event Location Date
Born Rawlins, Wyoming
Died 5 October 2001
Buried Palm Desert, California


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:02 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; First Over Germany pgs. 2, 8, 11, 14,17, 23, 40, 55, 59, 71-2, 80, 83, 118, 131, 133-5, 242, 281-2, 291, 322 & 324;, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /