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James Harold Atkinson

Military

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 one on B-17 # 42-102505.

Service

People

  • James Eckman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • James Walsh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 87. James Walsh flew 33 missions as Co-Pilot with the 390th Bomb Group/571st Bomb Squadron, from 7 June to 25 September 1944.

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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

  • 42-102505

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Billings 16/3/43; Gr Island 29/3/44; Grenier 1/4/44; slated 398BG, Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-A] Horham 8/4/44; 21m, transferred 571BS/390BG [FC-X] Framlingham 1/6/44 ODD BALL; Waist gunner: Bob Kincaid (Killed in Action) on...

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 22 February 1918

Liberty Hill, Williamson County, Texas

Lived in October 1940

Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas

Got his Bombardier wings as a 2nd Lt 5 August 1942

Miami Beach, Florida

Promoted to 1st Lt 1 March 1943

England

Promoted to Captain September 1943
Died 18 December 1999

Brenham, Washington County, Texas

Buried

James Atkinson rests at the Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2020 11:44:41 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated Media

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2020 11:41:40 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

WWII Draft card
Veterans Affairs BIRLS death File
VA Gravesite Locator
http://www.390thspace.com/Personnel
William Marra's page on this site

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.390thspace.com/missions.php?name=Atkinson%2C+James+H

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