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James S Nix

Military

Originally assigned to B-17F 41-24581 'The '8' Ball', 303BG/359BS on 1-Jul-42 as the Co-Pilot and arrived in the UK at Molesworth on 21-Oct-42.

Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 42-3192,"City of Albuquerque" Killed in Action (KIA) 303BG/358BS while serving as Pilot on a mission to bomb the German airdrome and storehouses at Gilze-Rijen, Holland. MACR 284.

Mission particpation (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events

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Service

People

  • Frank Perez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 19-Aug-43 in B-17 42-3192 'City of Albuquerque'. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag XVIIb where he suffered malnutrition, pneumonia and dysentery. The 303rd was ordered to bomb a German airfield located at...

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24581 The '8' Ball

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24581 "The '8' Ball" was assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] with its crew on 1-Jul-42 at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. The aircraft and crew were sent to Dow Field Bangor, Maine on 4-Oct-42 to prepare for overseas deployment; Molesworth...

  • 41-24635 The 8 Ball Mk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] New Castle 6/10/42; Molesworth 21/11/42. Flown by Captain William R. Calhoun on the 4 May 1943 mission to the Ford and General Motors works, Antwerp, Belgium, with Clark Gable on board for his first mission (slightly damaged...

  • 42-3192 City of Albuquerque

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 16/5/43; t/o accident with Dave Rogan 25/6/43; 427BS [GN-X]; 12m Missing in Action Gilze-Rijen 19/8/43 with Jim Nix, Co-pilot: Dan Shebeck, Bombardier: Bob Solverson,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 32

    2 February 1943
    All six 8th Air Force Bomb Groups operting from Great Britain are ordered on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are despatched but the formation runs into severe weather over the North Sea and the mission in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fellows, California, USA
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 1 July 1942

Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24581 "The '8' Ball" at Alamogordo Field, Alamgordo, New Mexico.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 21 October 1942

Arrived as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24581 "The '8' Ball", 303BG/359BS at Molesworth, UK.

Mission #1, 2LT James S. Nix, w/41-24581, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24581 "The '8' Ball", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 2LT James S. Nix, w/41-24581, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24581 "The '8' Ball", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 2LT James S. Nix, w/41-24581, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24581 "The '8' Ball", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, 2LT James S. Nix, w/41-24581, 303BG/359BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24581 "The '8' Ball", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, 2LT James S. Nix, w/41-24635, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24635 "The '8' Ball II", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, But mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #6, 2LT James S. Nix, w/41-24635, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24635 "The '8' Ball II", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #7, 2LT James S. Nix, w/41-24635, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24635 "The '8' Ball II", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB

Killed in Action (KIA) Belgium 19 August 1943

Killed in Action as Pilot of B-17F 43-3192 "City of Albuquerque", 303BG/358BS while on a mission to bomb the German airdrome and storehouses at Gilze-Rijen, Holland. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed at Raamsdonk, Holland. KIA

Buried 1945

Buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery, Plot H, Row 11, Grave 22

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 22:28:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Mar-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 21:33:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Mar-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 21:24:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Mar-2016. Made connections to AIrcraft 41-24635 and Missions of 2-Feb-43 and 4-Feb-43 per 303BG website, gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports of dates stated: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2015 18:47:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2015 22:31:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Dec-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2015 22:28:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Dec-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Nov--42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2015 22:24:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Dec-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission REport of 22 -Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2015 22:20:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2015 22:15:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Dec-2015. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William R. Calhoun crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-calhoun.html

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2015 22:13:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Dec-2015. Added Assigend to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William R. Calhoun crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-calhoun.html

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2015 22:10:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Dec-2015. Added Original aircraft assignment to Summary Biography and made connections to aircraft and mission participations per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/; Edited KIA event per MACR 284; Added decorations and burial event per American Battle Monumnet Commission records.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 284 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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