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CAPT  James R. DOUGLASS

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM

Captain James R. Douglass, 418th Squadron (from the photo collection of John Luckadoo)

SERIAL #: O-731365 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: GROUP BOMBARDIER, ORIGINAL 100TH - BLAKELY CREW

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1st Lt Everett E.Blakely                 P     CPT
 2nd Lt Charles A.Via,Jr.                CP     SWA   8/10/43  Bremen
1st Lt Joseph H." Bubbles" Payne  NAV    KIA   28/4/44 Sottevast  (With crew of W,G.Lakin - mission lead by Col. R.H. Kelly)
 2nd Lt James R.Douglass            BOM    CPT 
T/Sgt Howard J.Brock                 TTE    POW  17/8/43 (With the W.R.Flesh crew)      Regensburg
T/Sgt Monroe B.Thornton            WG   CPT 
T/Sgt Edmund G.Forkner            ROG    CPT 
S/Sgt John L.Olson                     BTG   Transferred 
S/Sgt Lyle E.Nord                         TG   KIA   29/5/44 (with crew of B.L.Williams) Leipzig, Aircraft repair depot..
S/Sgt Lester W.Saunders               WG  KIA  8/10/43  Bremen

418th Sqdn.  An ''Original" crew.  CREW #35  A/C #42-30061     "JUST-A-SNAPPIN"

NOTE: JOHN OLSON, AFTER FLYING SEVERAL MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW MAY HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER GROUP.
LT PAYNE WAS REPLACED ON THE CREW BY HARRY CROSBY FROM THE CREW OF LT JOHN BRADY.  SGT OLSON WAS REPLACED ON THE CREW BY SGT WILLIAM MC CLELLAND/  T/SGT THORNTON BECAME THE ENGINEER AFTER AUGUST 17, 1943 AND HIS POSTION AT WG WAS FILLED BY SGT ED YEVICH.     

JUST-A-SNAPPIN IS ONE OF THE BETTER KNOWN PLANES IN 100TH LORE, SHE IS REMEMBERED FOR BRINGING THIS CREW BACK FROM BREMEM ON 8 OCT 43.  BADLY DAMAGED EV BLAKELY AND JOHN KIDD, GROUP OPS OFFICER WHO LED THE MISSION FROM THE CO-PILOT'S SEAT, LANDED "JUST-A-SNAPPIN" IN A FIELD AT LUDHAM.  DAMAGE TO THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM RENDERED THE BRAKES IN-OPERATIVE AND "JUST-A-SNAPPIN" COLLIDED WITH A LARGE TREE.  IMPACT WAS BETWEEN THE #1 AND #2 ENGINE.  THERE ARE SEVERAL PROMINENT  PHOTOGRAPHS OF HER AND THE TREE.

Much has been written about this crew. See p.49 of THE BLOODY HUNDREDTH by H.Varian and p.184/195 of FLYING PORTRESS by E.Jablomski for details of the mission of 8/10/43.

On 8/10/43, S/Sgt Edward S.Yevich LWG & S/Sgt William F.McClelland, BTG were aboard in the place of H.J.Brock & J.L.Olson. Both of these men were wounded.

See photo of this crew on p.228 of "CONTRAILS"

Lyle Nord was flying as TG on the crew of B.L.Williams on 29/5/44 and was hit in the back by a 20mm. He had flown a total of 27 missions,the last 8 of them with the Williams crew.

CREW ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 MISSION TO BREMEN:

MAJ. JOHN B. KIDD   COM PILOT
1st Lt Everett E.Blakely        P     CPT
 2nd Lt Charles A.Via,Jr.      CP   SWA   8/10/43  BREMEN (formation officer in tail)
1st Lt Harry Crosby   NAV CPT     GROUP NAVIGATOR
 2nd Lt James R.Douglass  BOM    CPT    GROUP BOMBARDIER
T/Sgt Monroe B.Thornton      TTE   CPT 
T/Sgt Edmund G.Forkner   ROG    CPT 
S/Sgt William F. McClelland         BTG   WIA 8/10/43 BREMEN  SN#17164959
S/Sgt Edward S. Yevich   WG WIA 8/10/43 BREMEN
S/Sgt Lyle E.Nord           TG  KIA    29/5/44 LEIPZIG (with crew of B.L.Williams), Aircraft repair depot..
S/Sgt Lester W.Saunders       WG   KIA      8/10/43 BREMEN  

Nord took the 50mm gun position in the raido room on this misison.

MEMO 2:

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PHOTOS:

James Douglass receiving the Purple Heart, for wounds received during the October 8, 1943 mission to Bremen (from the photo collection of John Luckadoo). 

Back Row: Bubbles Payne, Ev Blakely, Charles Via, James Douglass, ; Front Row: Saunders, Niedermeyer, Forkner, Nord,   (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Jim Douglass in Algeria, following the Regensburg mission (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

James R. Douglass (from the collection of Russell Heckman)

Harry Crosby and Capt Douglas over Regensburg Aug 17, 1943. 

The Everett E. Blakely crew. Standing from left, William McClelland, Harry H. Crosby, Charles A. Via, Jr., Everett E. Blakely, James R. Douglas, Kneeling, Lester W. Saunders, Monroe R. Thornton, Edward S. Yevich, Lyle E. Nord, and Edmund G. Forkner. Detailed Information (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

 Thorpe Abbotts - Woodrow "Woodie" McGill driving and wearing Rosie's hat, front passenger Jim Douglas, back from left Saul Levitt, who would win a Pulitzer Prize after the war, Harry Crosby and hatless the legendary Robert "Rosie" Rosenthal. (100th Photo Archives) 

Left to right: Capt Douglas (Group Bombardier), Lt. Ken Welty (Nav), Lt Col John Bennett (349th CO and Air Exe) Col Neil B. "Chick" Harding (Group CO), Maj John B. "Jack" Kidd 351st CO and Group Operations), Maj Harry Crosby (Group Navigator), Lt Robert "Rosie" Rosenthal (from the collection of Anthony Pecyk)

Col. Tom Jeffrey and Capt. Everett Blakely and Capt Douglas (group bombardier)(100th Photo Archives) 

General Curtis LeMay, Commander of the 3rd Air Division, presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to members of the 100th Bomb Group for their part in the Regensburg shuttle mission to North Africa on August 17, 1943. Left to Right: Colonel Bill Veal, Colonel Jack Kidd, Major Everett Blakely, Captain John Brady, Lieutenant John Justice, Captain Thomas Murphy, Captain Henry Henington, Captain James Douglass, and Captain Harry Crosby. 

In the Front Row you have Lt Woodward Crew, Frank Murphy, Charles Cruikshank Major John Egan (CO 418thth BS)  Alvin Barker (351st operations officer) , Eve Blakely, James Douglas, 

Ev Blakely Wedding 
Back row:  Bubbles Payne, Jim Douglass head down, Edward S. Yevich, Monroe Thornton 
Front:  Les Saunders Ev Blakely, Margaret Ann, Lyle Nord

Back Row: Payne, Via, Douglass, Blakely; Front Row: Saunders, Niedermeyer, Nord, Forkner (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Everett Blakely, James Douglass, and Alfred Iannaconne (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Harry Crosby, Charlie Via, Ev Blakely, Jack Kidd, Jim Douglass, Lester Saunders, Monroe Thornton, and William McClelland in North Africa (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

 

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