Skip to main content
Edit entry 

James William Bunker


Born at Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone, Lt. Bunker had been stationed in England with the Ninth Air Force.

He won the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters before he was reported missing from a mission over Northern France. He had been on combat duty overseas since the latter part of April.

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.



  • Herbert Price

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Nimoyceques, FR in B-26 41-18075. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1216 ...

Show more

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 451st Bomb Squadron


  • 41-18075 "Mr Five by Five"

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Missions flown 24. Failed to Return (FTR) Nimoyceques, FR with Herb Price crew. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1216

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...


Event Location Date
Born Cristobal, Panama 10 December 1918

Son of Napoleon B and Myrtle Christine [Creed] Bunker.

Specialist Training Big Springs, TX February 1942

Received commission upon completion of bombardier training a Big Springs, Texas.

Enlisted May 1942
Based Andrews Field 1943 – 5 November 1943

Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Nimoyceques, FR 5 November 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Nimoyceques, FR in B-26 41-18075. Prisoner of War(POW) MACR 1216

Buried Oakdale Cemetery, Mount Airy, Surry County, NC June 1949

Oakdale Cemetery
Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina


Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 20:26:24 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 15:59:59 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, biography, events and unit associations

Find a Grave