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Jimmy E McCurdy


Died of wounds. July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-29726 Poisonality. 20 mm shells sent armoured plating through McCurdy. Upon landing, he was hospitalized where he died the next day.


Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29726 'The Dallas Rebel' 'Poisonality'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky Hill 25/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 20/4/43 THE DALLAS REBEL; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 509BS/351BG [RQ-Q] Polebrook 11/7/43; battle damaged...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


Event Location Date
Born 19 December 1919
Died 31 July 1943
Buried 2900 S Hayes St, Amarillo, TX 79103, USA


Date Contributor Update
15 November 2017 12:21:12 Lucy May Changes to role, awards, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:17 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 213, The 351st in WWII by Harbour & Harris pp. 12-13