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James Francis Fallon

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872

Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

Service

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  • Harry Simons

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F #42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3048 Winnsome Winn

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-3078 "Winsome Winn" was delivered delivered at Cheyenne 30-Jan-43; Assigned to 334BS/95BG Dow Field 24-Apr-43 then to England at Alconbury; transferred to 100BG at Thorpe Abbotts 9-Jun-43, transferred 534BS/381BG [GD-M] 15-Jun-43 at Ridgewell...

  • 42-31028

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/9/43; Gr Isle 7/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 19/11/43; Missing in Action Aschersleben 22/2/44 with Capt Harry Simons, Co-pilot: John Robins, Navigator: Bob Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Fallon, Radio...

  • 42-31663 TAG-A-LONG

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/12/43; Boise 5/12/43; Denver 6/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 2/1/44; Grenier 8/1/44; Presque Is 10/1/44; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-G] Kimbolton 2/2/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 8/11/44 with Gerald Duffy (Killed in Action); Keith...

  • 42-39828

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-B] Kimbolton 19/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Theo Kunda, Co-pilot: Bob Burton, Navigator: Marvin Swift, Bombardier: Howard Evans, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-40003 TOPPER/ Ol' Gappy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Denver 27/11/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; ...

  • 42-5828 Sweater Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 28/2/43; Sioux City 18/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-O] Kimbolton 22/4/43; Missing in Action Bunde 22/2/44 with John Morsefell 20ft from roof of building, taken to hospital with back injury, Co...

  • 42-5830 'Hag of Harderwyck'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-T] Kimbolton 20/5/43 AL JO-SON; transferred 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 26/7/44; Tinker 1/9/44;...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Yeadon, Pennsylvania, USA 15 March 1916

Son of Peter F and Mary J [Cairns] Fallon.

Lived in Yeadon, PA October 1940

At time of draft registration working for United Shoe Machinery Company.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 3 October 1942

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based Kimbolton December 1943 – 22 February 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Munster, Germany 22 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872

Buried Sende, Germany 23 February 1944

Interred
Senden Cemetery.

Buried 1946

Re-Interred
Netherlands American Cemetery
Plot E Row 20 Grave 24

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 16:53:35 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28746140
https://www.fold3.com/record/87020035-james-f-fallon
https://www.fold3.com/record/529873002-james-f-fallon
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763861?rec=299480095
https://www.fold3.com/image/543776329?terms=james,816,fallon
379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Volume 2: November 1942-July 1945
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56298592/james-f-fallon

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2872 / MACR 2872, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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