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James Patrick Sullivan

Military

James Sullivan was Co-Pilot on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).
From the biography of his father, John Jeremiah "Lefty" Sullivan (1894-1958), baseball player,
at : https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/22fde3cf
* "He and his wife, Anna, were still struggling to begin their family, having lost their first four children in infancy to lung and heart problems. The couple were heartbroken, but their devout Catholic faith helped them persevere. In 1922 a healthy son was finally born, named James Patrick."
* "In 1945, his son James – a former football player at Marquette University who later married his college sweetheart, Mary Claire, and became a steelworker – was shot down over Germany on a bombing mission while serving in the 8th Air Force during World War II. He was liberated from a prisoner-of-war camp after several months."

Service

People

  • Warren Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Warren Anderson was Nose Turret Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Allan Burns

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Allan Burns was Radio Operator/Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Felix Kolasinski

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Felix Kolasinski was Left Waist Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. He baled out in the vicinity of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. According to US trial Review and Recommendations...

  • Lambert Koupal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator / Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group
    Lambert Koupal was Navigator/Bombardier on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Smietana

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Eugene Smietana was Right Waist Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ralph Squires

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Ralph Squires was Tail Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). He was one of six brothers who all...

  • Louie Tillery

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Louie Tillery was Top Turret Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Stanley Vitkavage

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    My father, Stanley William Vitkavage, was assigned to the 701st Bombing Squadron of the 445th Bomb Group flying out of Tibenham, England. He was flying a B-24J Liberator (tail number 42-51506) when the aircraft was lost on 27 Feb 1945. There is a MACR ...

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Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 701st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-51506

    B-24 Liberator
    Over target area (Halle, Germany), pilot Stanley Vitkavage feathered one engine (mechanical malfunction?). A/C gradually fell back and was last seen over the Koblenz area. Near Freiburg/Breisgau the plane was hit and the crew bailed out. Crashed...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 851

    27 February 1945
    1,107 bombers and 745 fighters are dispatched to hit road and rail communications at Halle and Leipzig using H2X radar

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois, USA 1922

the son of John Jeremiah Sullivan and his wife Anna

Enlisted February 1943

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

captured 27 February 1945

in the immediate vicinity of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, after he baled out of B-24 42-51506

Prisoner of War (POW) 27 February 1945 – 1945

Interned in Germany. NARA WWII POW records : “Returned
October to Military Control on 17 October 1945.”

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2019 13:11:02 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

From the biography of his father, John Jeremiah "Lefty" Sullivan (1894-1958), baseball player,
at : https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/22fde3cf
* "He and his wife, Anna, were still struggling to begin their family, having lost their first four children in infancy to lung and heart problems. The couple were heartbroken, but their devout Catholic faith helped them persevere. In 1922 a healthy son was finally born, named James Patrick."
* "In 1945, his son James – a former football player at Marquette University who later married his college sweetheart, Mary Claire, and became a steelworker – was shot down over Germany on a bombing mission while serving in the 8th Air Force during World War II. He was liberated from a prisoner-of-war camp after several months."

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2019 10:42:22 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 12778
NARA WWII POW records
WWII Draft cards

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Birsic MACR 12778 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12778 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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