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
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...
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...
|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
||1 July 1944
Plot F Row 1 Grave 98
Cambridge American Cemetery