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James E Knupp

Military

Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 #42-97654. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4861.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Eugene Aldridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Failed to Return...

  • William Cannon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return from mission to Brux, Czech. Shot down 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4861. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • John Emory

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4861. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Max Helderman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4861. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Marcus Lemley

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Command Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297654. KIA. Purple Heart

  • Irwin Melgin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Mickey Operator, Pathfinder Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    1st Lieutenant Irwin M. Melgin was born January 21, 1920. His next of kin were his parents, Joseph and Mary Melgin. He was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...

  • Manuel Ruben

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 #42-97654. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4861. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Chester Schultz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4861. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Dorcy Waters

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4861. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

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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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 413th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97654

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 18/1/44; 1SAG Langley 14/2/44; Presque Is 13/3/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-J] Snetterton 14/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Capt Jim Knupp, Radio Operator: Manuel Rueben (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Gene Aldridge, Navigator...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, Michigan, USA
Enlisted Detroit, MI, USA 9 November 1941
Based Snetterton Heath 1944 – 12 May 1944

Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 12 May 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Shot down Kamberg, 53940 Hellenthal, Germany 12 May 1944

Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. POW. MACR 4861.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 03:48:42 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 17:22:37 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28639865
https://www.fold3.com/page/84368195-james-e-knupp/facts
D-Day Bombers: The Veterans' Story By Stephen Darlow

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4861 / MACR 4861; Snetterton Falcons, pg 148 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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