1944 — Italy
Lt James McRae, 321st Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Squad, B-25 Combat Bombardier with 65 Missions out of Corsica.
James’was assigned in 30 Jan 44
15 Feb 44 - His first mission attempt – but didn’t complete the mission, due to weather (dad was with Brellenthin that day – they didn’t make it either)A/C No. 41-29760 (incomplete - returned early due to weather) P Herbert, John J., Jr ., 2Lt CP Lewis, Vernon (NMI), 2Lt N None B McRae, James Arrington, 2Lt E Clay, Donald W., Sgt R Green, Salem M., S/Sgt G Lorentson, Edward H., Sgt F None
18 Feb 44 - 1st successful mission was with Hurley – he flew regularly with him (dad’s first was also with Hurley, back on 2 Feb) later, a regular with Chudars and BurandtA/C No. 42-32394 “Peg O’ My Heart” P Hurley, John R., 2Lt CP Chudars, James E. “Jim”, 2Lt N None B McRae, James Arrington, 2Lt E Mowry, Michael L. S., S/Sgt R Mitchell, John J., S/Sgt G Martin, Edward F., S/Sgt F None
He apparently got a really early “rest cure” – after only 5 missions
22 Feb 44 - 446th BS: War Diary of: McRae, James Arrington, 2Lt, bombardier:
“Lve. Salerno @ 0830, per S.O. #36, for a 7 day Lve. On DS to the Isle of Capri, Rest Camp. Pass thru Pompeii, saw the ancient ruins. Arr. Naples 1200, ate, left Naples @ 1430 on a steamer which reminded me of the Nantucket Ferry. After a slow & rough trip, Arr. Isle of Capri @ 1700. Assigned to stay at the Morgano Tiberio Hotel, which we found to be excellent. Chudars & I in the same room (#130). Had a swell chicken supper, marvelous service. Went to a show @ the Hotel Quisiana, a repeat but I enjoyed it. After show had ham & eggs before going to bed. Looks like a swell set-up here, believe we are going to enjoy it here.
Chudars, James E. “Jim”, 2Lt, pilot
2 Mar 44 - 446th BS War Diary: A mission is flown. Capt. Ford visits us around noon. Lts. Herbert, Mayo, Chudars, Vivas, Hurley and McRae and enlisted men Fontenot, Thomas, Raffloar, Green, Brawn, Turner, Clay, Lorentson and Tissier return from rest camp at Capri.
Brawn, Jean H., S/Sgt, Engineer-gunner Chudars, James E. “Jim”, Lt, pilot
Clay, Donald W., Sgt, engineer Fontenot, V. L. (i.o.), T/Sgt, radio-gunner
Green, Harry M., S/Sgt, gunner Herbert, John J., Jr ., Lt, pilot
Hurley, John R., Lt, pilot Lorentson, Edward H., Sgt, gunner,
Mayo, Jack D., Lt, bombardier McRae, James Arrington, Lt, bombardier
Raffloer, Louis A., Jr., S/Sgt, gunner Thomas, Patrick, S/Sgt, gunner
Tissier, Rene G., Cpl, engineering Turner, Allen B., S/Sgt, bombardier/gunner
24, 25,& 28 Apr 44 – (Lt George Walsh, Lt James McRae and Lt Jack Fitzgerald flew together)A/C No. 42-32394 “Peg O’ My Heart” P Walsh, George F., 1Lt CP Fitzgerald, John (NMI) “Jack”, 2Lt N None B McRae, James Arrington, 2Lt E Smetana, Frank C., Jr., Sgt R Mygrant, Robert F., S/Sgt G Thornton, Edward P., Sgt F None
2 May 44– (Walsh, McRae, Orechia and dad flew together)A/C No. 41-30293 P Walsh, George F., 1Lt CP Fitzgerald, John (NMI) “Jack”, 2Lt N None B McRae, James Arrington, 2Lt E Shellhamer, Lawrence (NMI), Cpl R Orechia, James Raymond “Raymond” “Raymond”, T/Sgt G Thornton, Edward P., Sgt F None
14 Jun 44 – (McRae, Burandt, Chudars, and dad made 1st Lt together)
14 Jun 44 - 446th BS War Diary: Promotion to First Lieutenant for the following named men is announced: Burandt, Hawkes, Fitzgerald, Goff, Hollingsworth, Johnson, Jordan, Lewis, McRae, Mayo, Mottley, Ritger, Smith, Chudars, Church, Wotkowicz.
Burandt, Charles Lawson “Chuck”, 1Lt, pilot Chudars, James E. “Jim”, 1Lt, pilot
Church, Edwin Adem, 1Lt, pilot Fitzgerald, John (NMI) "Jack", 1Lt, pilot
Goff, Leroy R., Jr., 1Lt, pilot Hawkes, Leon R., 1Lt, pilot
Hollingsworth, George K., Jr., 1Lt, pilot Johnson, Henry W., 1Lt, bombardier
Jordan, Henry L., 1Lt, pilot Lewis, Vernon (NMI), 1Lt, pilot
Mayo, Jack D., 1Lt, bombardier McRae, James Arrington, 1Lt, bombardier
Mottley, John F., 1Lt, bombardier Ritger, Frederic Charles, 1Lt, pilot
Smith, Randell L., 1Lt, pilot Wotkowicz, Frank J., 1Lt, pilot
8 Jul 44– goes to Rome for a rest.
8 Jul 44 - 446th BS War Diary: No Missions. Corporal Dudley is promoted to Sergeant. Lts. Vivas, Sitts and Sacker, plus EM’s Bove and Jacob go to Capri, while Lts. McRae and Jaksic and EM’s Maddox, Magnuson, Jupin and Holland go to Rome for a rest.
Bove, Anthony P., T/Sgt, radio-gunner Dudley, Jasper E., Sgt, ordnance
Holland, Ernest F., Sgt, ordnance Jacob, Elmer A., Jr., PFC, engineer-gunner
Jaksic, Francis R., 2Lt, bombardier Jupin, John (NMI), Jr., S/Sgt, engineer-gunner
Maddox, Everett R., T/Sgt, radio-gunner Magnuson, Paul E., Sgt, engineering
McRae, James Arrington, 1Lt, bombardier Sacker, John R. “Sad Sack”, 2Lt, pilot
Sitts, Lonnie C., 1Lt, bombardier Vivas, Frank Paul, 1Lt, pilot
Awarded DFC: G.O. No. 146, 28 August 44.
11 Sep 44 – He goes home
11 Sep 44 - 446th BS War Diary: More lucky personnel head for home: Lts. McRae, Taylor, Sacker, Captain Robertson and Technical Sergeant Mitchell. F/O Derringer is made a Second Lieut.
Derringer, Albert J., 2Lt, bombardier McRae, James Arrington, 1Lt, bombardier
Mitchell, John J., T/Sgt, radio-gunner Robertson, Charles W., Capt, bombardier
Sacker, John R. “Sad Sack”, 1Lt, pilot Taylor, Jason G., 1Lt, pilot
I can account for 69 of his missions (including spares, incompletes, etc). He has at least 65 combat missions because he has a 65 combat mission certificate
Feb 44 5
Total 69 Missions
321st Bomb Group History Team; John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and 321st BG Historian, Barbara E Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com