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James J Ferris III


Lt. James J. Ferris III flew 56 combat missions with the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, from 21 November 1944 through 19 June 1945 when he was killed in a training accident.

June 1945: A rigid operational training program, designed to maintain the excellent efficiency standard among our pilots, has done a great deal to keep us busy. Every one of the twenty-seven ships we have left (seven having been transferred out during June) is being flown as often as possible. One tragedy married this series of flights. Lt. James J. Ferris, III, son of a well-know contractor in New Jersey, was killed when his plane crashed near Stoke Ferry, East Anglia, on the nineteenth of the month. The cause of the accident is unknown. Lt. Ferris joined this organization in November 1944, and had proved himself a pilot of superior ability. His winning personality and likeable habits quickly made him very popular. Lt. Ferris lived very close to his religion all the while he was with us, having received the Sacraments each Sunday without fail. Father Hewitt, our civilian Roman Catholic Chaplain, officiated at Lt. Ferris’ solemn Funeral Mass, and led the services at the burial in Cambridge.


Units served with

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Born Englewood, New Jersey
Based East Wretham 21 November 1944 – 19 June 1945
Died Stoke Ferry, East Anglia 19 May 1945

Killed in A Training Accident


Date Contributor Update
13 August 2019 11:16:24 Emily Changes to biography, events and place associations

Transferred biography by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian from media record

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2019 17:36:55 Janet Fogg Changes to events

359th Fighter Group Association

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit History