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James S Allman


James entered the Army Air Corps in July 1942 and served in a glider unit. James received his basic training at Santa Ana, California, and then attended Radio Operators School at Scott Field, Illinois, and Gunnery School at Yuma, Arizona. After serving two years in the United States, James left for England on September 18, 1944, and participated in the air offensive over Germany. He flew in 20 missions and on the twentieth, was killed when the B-17G 43-38080 in which he was radio operator/waist gunner.


Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38080

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/6/44; Hunter 13/7/44; Grenier 22/7/44; Assigned [DS-Q] Polebrook 14/8/44; {34m} on 6/2/45 with Ed Ashton, Co-pilot: Geo Bowman, Navigator: Don Cornell, Bombardier: John McNeil, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Folks, Radio...


  • 821

    6 February 1945

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


Event Location Date
Born Hot Springs, AR, USA 27 November 1920
Died Polebrook, Peterborough, Northamptonshire PE8, UK 6 February 1945

He was killed when the B-17G 43-38080 in which he was radio operator/waist gunner crashed. The aircraft had participated in a raid on German war facilities at Lutter, Germany. As the aircraft was cleared into the descent landing pattern to land at Polebrook Air Station, Northamptonshire, England, it was struck from beneath by another B-17. The collision tore the right wing off Allman's B-17, and both bombers crashed about 3 miles from the air field, killing all of the crew members on both planes.

Buried Greenwood Cemetery, Hot Springs, AR 71913, USA

Plot: Block E North


Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 11:50:20 general ira snapsorter Changes to media associations

Associated media from, courtesy of Julia Mortenson.

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 11:48:32 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, awards, events, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

Update to biography and connections, courtesy of Julia Mortenson, taken from

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:54 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia