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Jefferson Milo James


Killed in Action (KIA) 23 Jan 1943 died of wounds on mission to Lorient, France to bomb the Koramin Submarine Base, in B-17 #41-24504 piloted by Lieutenant Fisher.


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 41-24504 Taurus; Sad Sack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-D] Bangor 30/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; battle damaged Ludwigshafen 22/3/43 with Chas Cliburn, who brought her back to crash landed RAF Lt Horwood, (10 Returned to Duty); 42m Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; en route from...


  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Peoria County, Illinois 10 August 1921
Died U-Boat facilities, Keroman Submarine Base 23 January 1943
Buried Peoria, IL, USA 12 August 1948


Date Contributor Update
28 July 2021 20:16:07 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2017 18:34:45 CastleBren Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, aircraft associations and media associations

Online collection

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:08 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p, 496, NARA / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia