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Vincent R James


Lt. Vincent R. James of Lincoln, was killed in action over England on June 29, 1944, receiving posthumously the award of the Purple Heart. He was a fighter pilot, having graduated from Aloe Field, Victoria, Texas, December 5, 1943.


Units served with

  • 405th Fighter Group

    405th Fighter Group

    The 405th Fighter Group was a fighter bomber unit of the United States Army Air Force in World War II. They group flew P-47 Thunderbolts in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) starting with the buildup to the Invasion of Normandy ("D-Day") through...

  • 509th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Christchurch

    Military site : airfield
    The original Christchurch Airport operated from 1935-39, and the airfield was used by the RAF from 1939 to 1941. It was the site of the Airspeed Aircraft factiry from 1940 to 51. Christchurch was developed for USAAF use in 1943, and the Ninth Air Force...


Event Location Date
Born Nebraska, USA 1924
Killed in Service (KIS) Foxwood Ave, Christchurch BH23 3JZ, UK 29 June 44

42-76476 & 42-26338 P-47Ds.509FS/405FG further t/o incident at Christchurch involving the same pilot as the previous incident(Vincent R James),cr on bungalow Foxwood Ave 6 killed on ground + pilot.

:So I’m standing there with my wing man ol’ Williams (Lt Arthur F. Williams Jr.). He had just gotten some mail. The little girl he was engaged to had finished high school and he had sent her a ring. The letter had a picture of her showing him that ring. All of a sudden BOOM! And we looked out at the end of the runway and there was a big old smoke cloud where a bomb had gone off. So we ran across to it. The kid (the one who had just crashed a few minutes before) had crashed again, this time into a house that had a lot of children in it. We knew the family made the children go in the basement when we were taking off." - 1LT John Drummond

Buried 1 July 1944

Plot F Row 1 Grave 98
Cambridge American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
30 August 2016 23:22:54 466thHistorian Changes to role, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2016 11:00:25 A. van Erp Changes to biography

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2016 10:58:47 A. van Erp Changes to awards and events

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:32 AAM AAM ingest

9th Air Force Roll of Honor (IWM in liaison with Ninth Air Force veterans and group associations, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Buddies of the Ninth Association) / Mr C D Mohrle, Freeman 9 AF airfields book