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James Bigelow Eckman

Military

Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 'Blues in the Night' #43-37866. Interned (INT) in neutral Switzerland.

Service

People

  • James Atkinson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    James Atkinson got his wings as a 2nd Lt on 5 August 1942 in Miami Beach, Florida. Promoted 1st Lt on 1 March 1943 in England, to Captain in September of that year. Completed six missions as a Bombardier with the 390th from 7 to 22 June 1944, this last...

  • Victor Estes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland for a short time.

  • Ernst Feibusch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. 'I was one of those [who flew out of Britain] (390th BG) we were shot down over Stuttgart (25th mission).'

  • Daniel Foley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland for a short time.

  • Thomas Gallagher

    Military | Major | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed B-17 #43-37866 in Switzerland on 5 September 1944, after being hit by Flak over Stuttgart, Germany. Also served in Korea.

  • Alvin Jaspers

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned for a short time in neutral Switzerland.

  • Robert Kincaid

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Robert Kincaid was a Waist gunner in the 390th Bomb Group/571st Bomb Squadron. He was Killed In Action on his sixth mission on board B-17 # 42-102505 during the 22 June 1944 mission to Paris-Saint-Ouen, France. The ship returned to base. No MACR. A...

  • William Marra

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland.

  • Robert Miner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland.

  • Walter Underwood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 'Blues in the Night' #43-37866. Interned (INT) in neutral Switzerland.

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Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37866 Blues in the Night

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/44; Hunter 8/6/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-B] Framlingham 29/6/44. Missing in Action Stuttgart 5 September 1944 with Pilot 1st Lt Thomas F. Gallagher, Co-Pilot Captain Alvin W. Jaspers, Navigator: 2nd Lt Daniel...

Missions

  • 605

    5 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Colorado Springs, Colorado 5 April 1924
Lived in 1942

Marlboro, Massachusetts

Enlisted 14 December 1942

Rutland, Vermont

Interned (INT) Switzerland 5 September 1944
Died 21 February 2015
Buried

James Eckman rests at the Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2020 11:12:44 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Deleted Media not directly linked to James Eckman

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2020 14:56:59 ED-BB Changes to middlename and media associations
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Associated Media and chose key image

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2020 14:54:23 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography and events
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NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
WWII Draft card
Veterans Affairs BIRLS death File

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2020 09:47:14 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8456

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2020 21:16:54 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8456 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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