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Jim Mike Tolleson

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Ground crew for B-17 'Swamp Fire', 100 missions without an abort. ETD

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-32024 Swamp Fire

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Swamp Fire was the first Heavy Bomber to reach 100 Missions - "Without an Abort" for the 379th BG. She was chosen to participate in the 28 May 1944 top secret "Grapefruit" mission to drop Americans first Glide bomb 20+ miles from the primary target of...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Howard County, Arkansas 3 October 1921

Son of Augustis and Pearl Ofelia [Tribble] Tolleson.

Enlisted Little Rock, AR 20 August 1942

Little Rock, Arkansas

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 13 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Nashville, AR 25 October 1968
Buried County Line Cemetery, Nashville, AR November 1968

County Line Cemetery
Nashville,
Howard County, AR

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