James Nelson McBrayer
Killed in Action

Memorialized at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England

Aircraft 42-7489 was on a mission to Bordeaux-Cognac
There were no eyewitness accounts given by returning crews concerning the missing status of this crew. However, it was learned from crewmember survivors shortly thereafter, that this plane had been forced to ditch in the English Channel on the return route, (30) miles south of Brighton, England. This location of the plane’s ditching had been marked on a route map in the MACR of about (35) miles due south of Brighton on the southern coast of England.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Clifford J. Hunter
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Paul N. Huston
Navigator, 2nd Lt Jack P. Gilman
Bombardier, 2nd Lt James N. McBrayer
Radio Operator, S/Sgt Walter R. Sichau
Engineer, S/Sgt Cecil D. Macklin
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Elwood J. Mills
Waist Guner, S/Sgt J.T. Grimes
Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Wallace L. Morrow
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Verne A. Nelson

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of death: 5 March 1944
  • County: Hamilton
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 577th Bomber Squadron, 392nd Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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