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James R Watson


Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Prague on 8/24/44 in B-17 'Belle of the Brawl' #42-107202



Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107202 'BELLE OF THE BRAWL'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 8/4/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 24/8/44 with Chas Edwards, Radio Operator: Winfred Manship, Ball turret gunner: Don Drago, Waist gunner: David Dowis, Tail...


Event Location Date
Born E St Louis, Missouri, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 24 August 1944

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16


Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 05:06:11 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events

Changed the label of the “Killed in Action (KIA)” event to "Prisoner of War (POW)". Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 05:03:33 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8287 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database