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James Ralton Shirley

Military

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.
James died in 1981, as reported in the Fall 1990 edition of 'Splasher Six'

Service

People

  • Glenn Rojohn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Piggy-back pilot, Hamburg mission. Shot down 31-Dec-44 in B-17 42-31987. 'The Little Skipper' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

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. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31987 'Shilaylee' 'The Little Skipper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Romulus 23/2/44; Grenier 28/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-A] Thorpe Abbotts 10/3/44; 418BS [LD-D]; Missing in Action Misburg 31/12/44 with Glen Rojohn, Co-pilot: Bill Leek, Navigator: Bob Washington,...

Missions

  • 772

    31 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Savonia County, GA 8 November 1920

Son of W C Shirley.

Lived in Westminster, South Carolina, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Jackson Blvd, Columbia, SC, USA 6 February 1943

Fort Jackson
Columbia
South Carolina

Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 31 December 1944

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) 78-220 Tychowo, Poland 31 December 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).Stalag Luft IV.

Baled out Kleingärtnerverein Rüstringen e.V., Neuengrodener Weg 50, 26386 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 31 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359.

Discharged USAAF 28 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 24 July 1981
Buried Greenwood Cemetery Montgomery, Montgomery County, AL 27 July 1981

Greenwood Cemetery
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2020 11:43:19 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/682910116
https://www.fold3.com/record/88227161-james-r-shirley
https://www.fold3.com/image/46703520?terms=34645311
https://www.fold3.com/record/627886034-james-shirley-1920
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/82014861/james-r.-shirley

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2020 10:58:15 Helen Changes to biography
Sources

'Splasher Six'

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2017 15:20:01 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/88227161-james-r-shirley
https://www.fold3.com/image/46703402

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11550 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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