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Personnel

Lt

John Langley JAMES

John L. James

Photo from news article in Richmond Times Dispatch Oct 31 1943

Hometown During Time of Service: Yeadon, PA
Army Serial Number: O-802401
Enlistment Date: May 12, 1941
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 350th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Copilot
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 00952
CR: 00952
Comments: 8 OCT 43 BREMEN (FLAK - CRASHED LANDED)

Biography

Born November 24, 1918
Birthplace: Mathews County, VA

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
John James commissionedPrintDaily Press May 20 194312:00 am
John James MIAPrintRichmond Times Dispatch Oct 31 194312:00 am
John James missing in combatPrintDaily Press Oct 27 194312:00 am
John James awarded air medalPrintDaily Press Nov 22 194312:00 am
John James donates POW photoPrintDaily Press Oct 19 194712:00 am
John James post warPrintDaily Press Oct 4 194712:00 am
John James donates POW journal part 1PrintDaily Press April 18 195812:00 am
John James donates POW journal part 2PrintDaily Press April 18 195812:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2nd Lt William H.McDonald P EVA/POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# O-672372
2nd Lt John L.James,Jr. CP POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# O-802401
2nd Lt Carl L.Spicer NAV EVADEE 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# O-671130
2nd Lt Frank P.McGlinchey BOM EVA/POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# O-676329
T/Sgt Fred Pribish ROG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 16101002
T/Sgt Charles S.Ashbaugh TTE POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 33292542
S/Sgt Ross W.Detillion BTG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 39455581
S/Sgt Douglas H.Agee LWG KIA 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 18124795
S/Sgt Victor P.Intoccia RWG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 32435988
S/Sgt Paul G.Sears TG POW 8 OCT 43 BREMEN SN# 15337608

MACR #952,Micro fiche #315
A/C #42 30318 "SALVO SAL" LN-S

350th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined 100th Group on 25/8/43.
Tenth mission for crew. Target,Bremen Time 1500 hours approx.

Ship was leading 2nd element of the high sqdn. Agee was struck by a 20mm about 30
minutes before crew bailed out over Holland. German Medical Report in MACR
says " . . Shot in both lungs and bled to death".Body was interred on
12/l0/43 at Beetsterswang Cemetary(Friesland) Row 21,Grave 26.

Douglas H. Agee
100th Bomber Group
350 SALVO SAL

Correction: Agee was struck by a 20mm about 30 minutes before crew bailed out over Holland. German Medical Report in MACR says " . . shot in both lungs and bled to death". Douglas Agee was buried on October 11th, 1943 at the Reformed Church at Beetsterzwaag and after war at the beginning of November 1945 reburied at the American War Cemetery Margraten (province Limburg), the Netherlands. The remains of SSGT Douglas H. Agee were returned to the U.S. for interment at a private cemetery in the state of Texas.

All others bailed out over Holland and were taken prisoner..Aircraft crashed near the
Zuider Zee in western Holland.

Carl Spicer was helped by Dutch underground and later joined Jack Justice,pilot
of the 349th Sqdn. Who was shot down on 10/10/43. Also,see p.109 of "THEY
NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD". McGlinchey and McDonald were on the established escape route to Spain but were captured after more than four months at a Border Post in the Pyrenees. Spicer made it across the Spanish border and eventually returned to England in January 1943. All the POWs survived the war and were returned to military control in May 1945.

Missions Flown by the Crew:
1. 3/9/43 Paris
2. 6/9/43 Stuttgart
3. 7/9/43 Watten
4. 9/9/43 Beauvais-Tille
5. 15/9/43 Paris
6. 16/9/43 Bordeau/LaPallice
7. 26/9/43 Paris
8. 27/9/43 Emden-Port
9. 2/10/43 Emden-Port
10. 8/10/43 Bremen-shot down

"Missions of Salvo Sal" by T/Sgt Charles S. Ashbaugh

September 3, 1943: (1) Target Renault Plant Paris, because of bad weather, bombed secondary. Beaumont le Roger
September 4, 1943 Briefied for a raid on another plant in Paris but mission scrapped before take off
September 6, 1943 (2) Taget Ball bearing plant Stuttgart Germany. Ashbaugh shot down our first German fighter, a ME109.
Unable to bomb initial target. Bombed Secondary target northwest of Paris, Nine hour flight
September 7, 1943 (3) Target-Mystery fortifications at Watton France
September 9, 1943 (4) Double raid scheduled. AM raid on airfield at Beauvais, France. PM took off for another airfield target in
Belgium but after climbing to altitude, weather closed in and mission scrubbed.
September 15, 1943 (5) PM Mission Target Renault plant in Paris. Tonight we got together and named our B-17-"Salvo Sal"
September 16, 1943 (6) Target-Assembly plant at Bordeaux, France. Target obscurred and secondary target hit U-Boat instillations at
La Pallice, France. Twelve hour flight.
September 18, 1943 Briefed for a target deep in Germany but mission scrubbed just before take-off because of weather.
September 19, 1943 First 48 hour pass
September 23, 1943 Target-Airfield in Lorient, France. Just as we were about to leave the English coast, Detillion passed out
in the ball turret and we unable to get him out. Aborted. Detillion okay.
September 25, 1943 Target-Stuttgart, Germany. Weather closed in and mission scrubbed just before take-off.
September 26, 1943 (7) Target-Paris. Target areas completely covered over by clouds. Bomb load dropped in channel on way back.
September 27, 1943 (8) Target-Emden, Germany. Our group initiated the Pathfinder set up with the Colonel in the lead ship.
September 29, 1943 Whole crew (except ball turret gunner) received the Air Medal.
October 2, 1943 (9) Target-Emden, Germany
October 8, 1943(10) BREMEN-----------------------------------------------


From Ron from the Neathelands 10/23/05

2 min after the bombing the plane was hit by flak beside the radio room no 2 engine was hit they having trouble to hold in to formation and after 15 min they were attacked by fighters first the fighters came from 3 o clock and later from 9 o clock en they damaged the plane very badly
Sgt Douglas Agee was shooting a German down en was later hit by 20 mm shells An other engine was hit and was on fire and the losing height

This is what a Dutch eye witnesses reported

We saw a bomber who was attacked by a fighter at about a high of 800 mtr We could see clearly that someone was firing from the bomber and how the fighter was hit. The fighter made a crash-landing on the land of the farmer van de Velde Later we saw some parachutes coming from the bomber. Above Nijeberkoop the crew baled out. The plane landed just to north of Lippenhuizen

Here is the story of one who hides Lt McDonald

When he landed with his chute he hides it. The underground contact him in a field just south of Lippenhuizen. And let them stay there until it was dark. Then they get him to bring him in to safety and was brought to a church. After 2 days he was brought to the house of Klaas Kerkstra
There was a a judisch girl (Reina Speelman) who was also hide from the Germans and she speak English so the can speak together. In that time we had him to learn to ride a bicycle. On a evening we brought him to Drachten and from there we was transported to the south on a escape line.

Lt Spicer and lt McGlinchey were walking to whole night until they reached a farm in the morning. They waited until the farmer leave the farm
Then they make contact with the farmer who invited them in his house. They were getting a warm meal and a place to sleep. That evening a teacher was visit the both men who speaks English. The next day the were brought to Wolvega, to a church tower and stay there for a time

Then they were picked up in a taxi by Tiny Mulder from Drachten. 2nd Lt Spicer was brought to the family Van De Velden. Later the 3 men were brought by Tiny Mulder by train to Ermelo and from there McDonald and McGlinchey going to Erp to the family Otten. On 19 January both Americans were brought on a bicycle to Sevenum were they were hide by Piet en Jan Vermeeren who runs the post office. How long they stay there in not know but later they were moved on the escape line to Belgium.

McDonald and McGlinchey were later in the Pyrenees lost in a snowstorm and runs into a German patrol and became POW after a heavy interrogation. Spicer has the luck to reach Spain and on the evening before Christmas day he left Gibraltar and the next day he reaches England
Memo 2:
Had a damage chute and descended rapidly, he broke his his leg on landing when he went through roof of a house.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Bremen
Aircraft:
"Salvo Sal"  (42-30818)
Date:
1943-10-08
Cause:
FLAK-Crash Landed

Photos

William H. McDonald Crew

William H. McDonald Crew Crew of the 350th's SALVO SAL - 4230818 (left to right) Kneeling: William McDonald - P, John James - CP, Carl Spicer - NAV, Frank McGlinchey - BOM Standing L-R: Charles Ashbaugh - TTE, Victor Intoccia - WG, Fred Pribish - ROG Douglas Agee - WG, Ross Detillion - BTG, Paul Sears - TG. Douglas Agee was KIA on Oct 8, 1943 on the Bremen mission. Fred Pribish was wounded but managed to bailout. John James had a damaged chute, went down rapidly and broke his leg when landing - going through the roof of a house. Both Fred Pribish and John James were captured, hospitalized and later sent to POW camps. Ashbaugh, Intoccia, Detillion and Sears were captured immediately. They moved through interrogation and later into Stalag XVII-B. McDonald, Spicer, and McGlinchey evaded and contacted the Netherlands underground. McGlinchey and McDonald were on the established escape route to Spain but were captured after more than four months at a Border Post in the Pyrenees. Spicer made it across the Spanish border and eventually returned to England in January 1943. All the POWs survived the war and were returned to military control in May 1945

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT MCDONALD, William H. P POW
Lt JAMES, John CP POW
Lt SPICER, Carl L. NAV EVA
LT MCGLINCHEY, Frank P. BOM POW
T/Sgt ASHBAUGH, Charles S. TTE POW
T/Sgt PRIBISH, Fred ROG POW
S/SGT DETILLION, Ross W. BTG POW
S/Sgt AGEE, Douglas H. WG KIA
S/SGT INTOCCIA, Victor P. WG POW
S/Sgt SEARS, Paul TG POW