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Harley James Almon Sr

Military

Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 14-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30149 'Spare Parts'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 790.

Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • James Mullinax

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    8 x combat missions. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30149 'Spare Parts'. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 790. Awards: AM(2OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Authored 'Foes by Fate...Friends by Choice'

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 332nd Bomb Squadron

    332nd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-30149 'Spare Parts' AKA "Marian E"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Walla Walla 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG [Earls Colne 27/5/43; Rougham 12/6/43; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cabarrus County, NC, USA 15 August 1922
Enlisted Fort Jackson Blvd, Columbia, SC, USA 24 July 1942

Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina

Based Bury St Edmunds 1943 – 14 October 1943

Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down / baled out Schweinfurt, Germany 14 October 1943

Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30149 'Spare Parts'. Prisoner of War (POW).

Prisoner of War (POW) Near Krems Austria 14 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Died Concord, NC, USA 3 December 1987
Buried Carolina Memorial Park Concord, Cabarrus County, NC 6 December 1987

Carolina Memorial Park
Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2021 18:25:37 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/214485798/harley-james-almon

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 16:05:49 jmoore43 Changes to events and place associations
Sources

Added POW Camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added an association to Stalag 17B per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2017 19:39:36 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/84039902-harley-j-almon-sr
https://www.fold3.com/image/28606622
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-30149&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/record/27269308-harley-j-almon
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=350337

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 790

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