Armstrong, James Edwin

Individual Personnel Data
Name Armstrong, James Edwin   
Rank Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-794606   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #42 dated 4 July 1943
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 6 September 1943
Results Evaded Capture
See Escape and Evasion Report Number 339 (5.924 MB)
DecorationsAwarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Extra Achievement. Date recommended, 16 September 1943.
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received on 6 September 1943.
Awarded the Air Medal for completion of 5 combat missions.
Awarded an oak leaf cluster to the Air Medal for completion of 10 combat missions.
Additional Information
Armstrong wrote a book, titled 'Escape!', describing his wartime service, and his escape and evasion after being shot down.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 772 (24.824 MB)
Escape & Evasion Report # 339 (5.924 MB)
1997 Veteran's History Project Oral History Interview
Photos of this Veteran signing the Wing PanelArmstrong Signing
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Armstrong, James EdwinPilotEV
2nd Lt. Stoner, Robert LCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Carlin, Charles CNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Heald, John (NMI)BombardierEV
T/SGT. House, Walter LRadio Operator / GunnerEV
T/SGT. Grinstein, Sidney CEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Redwing, James HBall Turret GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Deibert, William OTail GunnerCT
S/SGT. Herrera, Presciliano SilvaFlexible GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Hammock, Clifford (NMI)Flexible GunnerEV

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 11 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
-- 9 July 1943 Location: Pilot 42‑30196 Sortie Report
7 10 July 1943 Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
Pilot 42‑30196 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
8 14 July 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Pilot 42‑30196 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
9 24 July 1943 Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Pilot 42‑29686 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑30196.
Sortie Report
10 25 July 1943 Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard
Type: Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
11 28 July 1943 Target: Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Pilot 42‑30196 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
12 29 July 1943 Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
Pilot 42‑30039 Did not take off: aircraft apparently not in flying condition.
Sortie Report
14 12 August 1943 Target: Synthetic Fuel Hydrogenation Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 42‑30196 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
15 15 August 1943 Target: Poix-en-Picardie and Amiens-Glisy Airfields
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Poix-de-Picardie & Amiens, France
Pilot 42‑30196 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
17 17 August 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Pilot 42‑30196 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Pilot 42‑30026 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Pilot 42‑3455 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Pilot 41‑24507 Combat Mission Credit
Two bomb runs due to overcast at target; enemy aircraft and flak knocked out two engines; insufficient fuel to reach England, crashed near Étrépagny, France; MACR 772.
Sortie Report

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