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James J Potts 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
1918 1
Pennsylvania 1
Place: Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 1

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
06 Jan 1942 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Serial Number:
13046295 1
Enlistment Place:
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
Commercial artists 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0118 1
Film Reel Number: 1.118 1

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James J Potts

Phila. PA

Jim Potts Photo of CHRISTMAS MASS 1944
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James J Potts,  James J. Potts, born 1918 in Phila. and passed away on 6-9-2000 in PA. He was the 6th of 7 children.

James was with the 100th Bomb Group, the 418th Bomb Squadron of the 8th Air Force out of England.  The B-17's were stationed at Nether Warton, England.

James J. Potts Born: 2-13-1918 Phila., Pa. Died: 6-9-2000 Paoli, Pa.Married Margaret T. Gibbons on 4-15-1950   Jim was the 6th of 7children of Josephine Keevan & Michael W. Potts of Phila. He lost his younger brother George in March of 1944 also of the Army Air the mission off of Italy. The war years were very hard on him and his family losing his brother and then shortly afterwards losing his father while away in England in 1944. He was the wonderful father to Eileen Potts Smith, Joanne Potts Smith, Jim Potts, John Potts and Michael Potts. He was full of Irish wit and good cheer. What comes to mind when I think of him is how much he was a Gentleman.   He was employed before and after WWII by the Phila. Evening Bulletin Newspaper as Ad Production Manager. He and his wife retired to the New Jersey Shore for 20 years before moving back to the Phila. area.   He graduated West Phila. Catholic High School in 1936. He built a summer home with his brother in law at the Jersey Shore when the children were young enough to enjoy this special family time. In later years he enjoyed golf and Phila. Sports.   He will always be missed by all his children and 8 grandchildren who amused him till the end. He was one of the Greatest Generation.


Photo's and stories supplied by his proud daughter Eileen.

9 June, 2012 from Eileen; 

I have a few pictures with plane's in them that I can see their names. One is "Mason & Dixon" and another is "Fools Rush In". I think there is one with "Royal Flush" another I can't make out but looks like "WAR GODESS". Let me know what you would like forwarded to you. Is it ok the way I sent the others? I hope you enjoyed the picture of the altar of Midnight Mass 1944. There are a couple of others like that with the guys in them. Let me know what will enhance James site. Eileen  

Jim's brother George Potts, KIA B-25 '43 MTO


George Potts, KIA Sept. 1943
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 ************************************************ His brother George T. Potts was KIA on 3-24-1944 and buried in Florence, Italy. We went to finally meet Uncle George last Sept. and the Superintendent there told me to follow the trail and I got to the bottom of his story. Quite a find. George T. Potts Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces Service # 13029046 717th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bomber Group, Heavy Entered the Service from: Pennsylvania
Died: 24-Mar-44
Buried at: Plot F Row 1 Grave 41
Florence American Cemetery
Florence, Italy
Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart MIA /KIA sent to Mrs Josephine C Potts (Mother) 129 North Paxon Street, Phila. Pa. ************************************************

FRiends of Jim Potts, 100thBG, 418thBS, B-17 ETO

British Isles

Jim Potts Friend _______, 100th BG /Potts Photo
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Jim Potts was with the "Bloody 100th Bomb Group" out of England, B-17 Flying Fortresses'.

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