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CAPT  James R. GEARY

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

 James R. Geary, P on the James R. Geary crew. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Bob Geary 

SERIAL #: O-425146 STATUS: POW
MACR: 05151 CR: 05151

Comments1: 24 MAY 44 BERLIN (CREW 57 PL 97845)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

Capt James R.Geary Jr.                      P   POW   24/5/44  BERLIN
Major Maurice J.Fitzgerald            COM P   POW  24/5/44  BERLIN
1st Lt Arthur J.Harris                      CP    POW  24/5/44  BERLIN       (Flying as Formation Officer in Tail)
1st Lt A.Edwin Stern,Jr.              BOM    POW   24/5/44  BERLIN
2nd Lt Dort B.Payne                   NAV    POW   24/5/44  BERLIN
 T/Sgt Louis Paltrineri                 ROG     POW(WIA)  24/5/44  BERLIN    (From the E.McKay crew)
 T/Sgt Francis Acker                   TTE    POW   24/5/44  BERLIN          (From the E.McKay crew) 
 S/Sgt Carl F.Schuster                 BTG    POW   24/5/44  BERLIN          (From the E.McKay crew)
 S/Sgt John E.Trout                  RWG    POW(WIA) 24/5/44  BERLIN      (From the E.McKay crew)
 S/Sgt Jack W.Domenig             LWG     POW(WIA) 24/5/44  BERLIN      (From the E.McKay crew) 

350th Sqdn.  On 24/5/44 this was the lead ship of the Group formation. Major Fitzgerald was C.O. of the 
350th and Capt Geary was a pilot who had completed a tour of operations with the 390th Bomb Group and 
then been assigned to the 100th. Lt.A.J.Harris,as pilot of his own crew had been interned in Sweden on 
20/2/44 with his crew but apparently had gotten back to Thorpe Abbotts by some means. It seems most 
unusual that he would have been allowed to fly over Europe again because,for security reasons,Evadees & 
Internees were invariably sent back to the U.S.A.

This crew bailed out over Ludwigslust,Germany and all were captured.

The 100th lost nine aircraft this day. MIGHTY EIGHTH WAR DIARY (p.249) says "Opposed by some 200 
E/A,100BG became separated from bomber stream by weather and contrails and were subjected to heavy 
attack."

Date         Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
5/20/1944 57              119       GEARY     J.R.   CAPT P         31412        BRUSSELS
5/24/1944 57              121       GEARY     J.R.   CAPT P         97845        BERLIN

Below is the result of your feedback form.  It was submitted by
Robert Geary (roadshowreject@adelphia.net) on Monday, January 02, 2006 at 22:15:55
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subject: 100th Bomb Group TAPS Report Form

email: roadshowreject@adelphia.net

realname: Robert Geary

relationship: I am the veteran's grandchild

vet_name: Col. James R. Geary,Jr. (Ret.)

vet_died: 21feb2001

family_contact: 

comments: Was shot down on 24 MAY 44 on way back from Berlin mission.Entire crew bailed out and became POW's.
Michael, I have a partial list of his medals. Here goes: DFC w/1olc,AFCM w/1olc, DUC w/1olc, WWIIVictory medal,EAMECM w/ 2bss,NDSMw/1bss.  I have sent away for his service records and will send you a copy when I receive them if you would like. Attached are a few more pics that I have acquired as of late.Let me know if you can use them. Thanks, Bob Geary

Missions of Capt James R. Geary with 390th BG


Member                Position Crew Number  Aircraft Serial   Mission Number    Target                    Date
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         001         Bonn GE                   08/12/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         002         Vitry-en-Artois FR       08/15/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         003         Regensburg GE          08/17/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         005         Bordeaux FR              08/24/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         009         Kerlin-Bastard FR         09/02/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         010         Stuttgart GE             09/06/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         013         Paris-Renault FR         09/15/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         014         Bordeaux-Merignac FR 09/16/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         017         Emden GE              09/27/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         018         Emden GE              10/02/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         021         Marienburg GE         10/09/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         022         Munster GE             10/10/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230325         023         Schweinfurt GE       10/14/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         025         Wilhelmshaven GE   11/03/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         026         Gelsenkirchen GE    11/05/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         030         Rjukan Norway       11/16/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         26                  230434         033         Bremen GE            11/26/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         41                  230434         034         Solingen GE           11/30/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         41                  230434         035         Bordeaux FR          12/05/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         41                  231275         036         Emden GE             12/11/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         41                  231275         038         Bremen GE            12/16/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         41                  231275         041         Quoeux FR            12/24/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         41                  239927         043         Paris-CAM FR         12/31/1943
Geary, James R         Pilot         41                  231275         044         Kiel GE                  01/04/1944
Geary, James R         Pilot         57                  237932         045         Elberfeld GE           01/05/1944
Geary, James R         Com P      23                  231512         066         Berlin-recalled         03/03/1944
Geary, James R         Com P      16                  231732         067         Berlin GE recall        03/04/1944
Geary, James R         Com P      38                  231649         070         Berlin GE                03/09/1944
Geary, James R         Com P      41                  231275         072                                     03/16/1944
Geary, James R         Pilot         PFB                                    076         Brunswick, GE         03/23/1944

MEMO 2:

Had completed a tour with the 390th BG ("PISTOL PACKIN MAMA") and then signed up for a second tour and assigned to 100th BG along with Col Thomas Jeffrey.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1944-05-24  
AIRCRAFT: (42-97845) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 James R. Geary, P on the James R. Geary crew. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Bob Geary 

 James R. Geary receiving the DFC. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Bob Geary 

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

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