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James Van Ginkel


35 bombing missions in Germany: 1944 - 5 Sept Karlsruhe; 9 Sept Mainz; 9 Oct Koblenz; 12 Oct Osnabruck; 18 Oct Cologne; 19 Oct Mainz; 26 Oct Bottrop; 30 Oct Hamburg; 1 Nov Gelsenkirchen; 5 Nov Karlsruhe; 9 Nov Saarburcken; 29 Nov Bielefield; 26 Nov Bielefield; 16 Nov Aachen; 5 Dec Munster; 31 Dec Koblenz; 1945 - 1 Jan Koblenz; 13 Jan Rudesheim; 16 Jan Dresden; 21 Jan Heilborn; 3 Feb Magdeburg; 11 Feb Wesel; 15 Feb Magdeburg; 16 Feb Osnabruck; 21 Feb Nurnberg; 22 Feb Peine; 11 Mar Kiel; 12 Mar Freidberg; 15 Mar Zossen; 17 Mar Hannover; 18 Mar Berlin; 19 Mar Leipheim; 20 Mar Hemmingstedt; 22 Mar Kitzinger

Air Medal w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO Ribbon



  • Martin Coleman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • T Jordan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Jay Kooiker

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Art Lindsey

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Roland Stewart

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Richard Walters

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Ben Weiner

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group

  • Loren Whitehead

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron



  • 605

    5 September 1944

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

  • 8th Air Force 670

    9 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 674

    12 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 682

    18 October 1944

  • 683

    19 October 1944

  • 689

    26 October 1944

  • 693

    30 October 1944

  • 696

    1 November 1944

  • 702

    5 November 1944

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Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Prairie City, Iowa 27 February 1923
Lived in Monroe, IA 50170, USA 1943
Died Atlantic, IA 50022, USA 3 April 2016

James Van Ginkel, of Atlantic, Iowa, longtime Atlantic attorney passed away April 3, 2016 at the Heritage House in Atlantic.

James was born February 27, 1923, in Prairie City, Iowa. He was the youngest and last survivor of eight children born to John Christian and Caroline Gertrude (Van Nimwegen) Van Ginkel.

He graduated from Monroe, Iowa, high school in 1941. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet program in 1942 and completed flight training as a pilot receiving his wings and a commission as Second Lieutenant on February 8, 1944. He was assigned as a flight instructor at Waco, TX Army Airfield for a short time. He was then assigned as co-pilot to a B-24 Liberator Bomber Crew, and after combat training, flew to England and joined the 8th Air-force at Attlebridge, England. After five bombing missions the pilot was killed and he took over as pilot of the crew for the remaining total of thirty-five bombing missions to Germany.

After the military service he attended the University of Iowa and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce in 1948 and a Juris Doctor Degree from Drake University in 1953.

James was employed from July 1953 for 3 1/2 years as a special agent with Federal Bureau of Investigation serving in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and New York City.

He practiced law in Atlantic since 1956, and in 2006, was awarded a distinguished service award by the city of Atlantic and the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce for serving as the Atlantic City Attorney for 40 years.

Buried Atlantic, IA 50022, USA 7 April 2016

Atlantic Cemetery
Cass County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Block 11


Date Contributor Update
25 July 2016 00:05:52 466thHistorian Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2015 21:41:37 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2014 00:48:12 466thHistorian Changes to surname, middlename and firstname

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self