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James Engard Morony

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James Morony was Tail Gunner on B-17 "Liberty Queen" #43-37624, shot down by fighters and crashed near Glauchau, Germany on the 20 July 1944 mission to Leipzig. He managed to evade capture for four days before being captured on 24 July at 21:30 near Stenn, 4km SW of Zwickau, Germany. Prisoned of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Frank Fusco

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Frank Fusco was Pilot of B-17#43-37624 "Liberty Queen", shot down by fighters on the 20 July 1944 mission to Leipzig, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 7283.

  • Matthew Janiszewski

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Matthew Janiszewski was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 "Liberty Queen" #43-37624, shot down by fighters and crashed near Glauchau, Germany on the 20 July 1944 mission to Leipzig. He managed to evade capture for a few days before being captured on 24 July...

  • Lowell Kellogg

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Lowell Kellogg was Waist Gunner on B-17 "Liberty Queen" #43-37624, shot down by fighters and crashed near Glauchau, Germany on the 20 July 1944 mission to Leipzig. He managed to evade capture for two days before being captured on 22 July at 22:00 in...

  • Walter Lease

    Military | Colonel | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Walter Lease served as a 2ndLt (S/N O-710283), Navigator on B-17 (S/N #43-37624) "Victory Queen" aka "Liberty Queen", of the 91BG, 401BS, which was shot down by enemy aircraft 20 Juyl 1944 while on a mission to Leipzig, Germany. The plane crashed...

  • Dort Quackenbush

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Dort Quackenbush was Radio Operator/Gunner on B-17 "Liberty Queen" #43-37624, shot down by fighters and crashed near Glauchau, Germany on the 20 July 1944 mission to Leipzig. He was captured near Zwickau, Germany. Interned at Stalag Luft 4 Gross Tychow...

  • John Secleter

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    John Secleter was Co-Pilot of B-17 "Liberty Queen" #43-37624, shot down by fighters and crashed near Glauchau, Germany on 20 July 1944. Seriously wounded in the head, left leg and with a fracture of his left ankle, he was captured and hospitalized in...

  • Carl Smiddy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Carl Smiddy was Top Turret Gunner on B-17 "Liberty Queen" #43-37624, shot down by fighters and crashed near Glauchau, Germany on the 20 July 1944 mission to Leipzig. He was captured near Zwickau, Germany. Interned at Stalag Luft 4 Gross Tychow/Tychowo,...

  • Joseph Wyand

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Joseph Wyand was Bombardier on B-17 "Liberty Queen" #43-37624, shot down by fighters and crashed near Glauchau, Germany on the 20 July 1944 mission to Leipzig. Immediately captured and interned at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37624 Liberty Queen (aka Victory Queen)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/5/44; Hunter 19/5/44; Dow Fd 4/6/44. Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-P] Bassingbourn 10 June 1944. Missing in Action on the plane's 17th mission, to Leipzig 20 July 1944 with Frank Fusco (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: John E. Secleter;...

Missions

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 11 January 1923

Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania

Lived in 1942

Erie, Pennsylvania

Enlisted 1 May 1942

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bailed out 20 July 1944

of B-17 #43-37624 and evaded capture for a short time

Prisoner of War (POW) 24 July 1944

captured at 21:30 near Stenn, 4km SW of Zwickau. NARA WWII POW records : “Interned in Germany. Returned to Military Control 12 May 1945.”

Honorably discharged 13 October 1945
Buried 1986

James Morony rests at the Lakeside Cemetery, Erie, Pennsylvania

Died 7 August 1986

Erie, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 15:00:44 ED-BB Changes to surname, middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

It's James Morony, not Morany...
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
WWII Draft card
MACR 7283
NARA German captured records - KU 2526 ( https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147890293 )
- KU-865A ( https://catalog.archives.gov/id/142687464 )
SSDI Social Security Death Index

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7283 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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