Allman, James Samuel, TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 755, 511th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1945
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Garland County
Last Address
Polebrook Air Station, England

Casualty Date
Feb 06, 1945
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
United Kingdom
World War II
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Block E, North

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Formal Schools and Training Courses351st Bombardment Group, Heavy511th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, Radio Operators Training Course
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 707, 351st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 755, 511th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
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  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
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B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
James Samuel Allman was born in Garland County, Arkansas on November 27, 1920. He was the son of James Ivy and Anna Howard Allman. No NARA enlistment record could be found, but circumstances, training, and crew assignment point to a military entry in 1943.

He was assigned to radio operator's school for training. Upon completion of this course, he was promoted to Sergeant, and assigned to an operational unit for further training and final crew assignment. This final crew assignment shows him as part of a crew assigned to the 351st Bomb Group and beginning combat missions on October 15, 1944.

The crew flew 20 missions together, and on February 6, 1945, was returning from the 20th mission, a raid on German war facilities at Lutter, Germany. As the aircraft was cleared into the descent landing pattern to land at Polebrook Air Station, it was struck from beneath by another B-17. The collision tore the right wing off Allman's aircraft, and both aircraft crashed about 3 miles from the air field, killing all crew members.

Allman's body was recovered and returned to the U.S. He was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas. His grave location there is Block E, North. He left behind his wife, Helen Granlund, whom he had married on June 17, 1944 in Tampa, Florida.


TSgt James Samuel Allman was acting as Radio Operator on B-17G # 43-38080, unnamed, assigned to the 511th Bomb Squadron.

The aircraft that collided with this aircraft was B-17G # 43-37595, piloted by Reinhold W. Vergen.

Because all crew members were recovered, no Missing Air Crew Report was issued; however, a USAAF Accident report was generated. These, plus the loading lists of the 351st Bomb Group indicate the crew was composed of:

1 Lt Edward R. Ashton    p
F/O George Y. Bowman   c-p
2 Lt Donald A. Cornell    nav
2 Lt John F. McNeil    bomb
SSgt John P. Folks, Jr.    eng/tt gun
TSgt James S. Allman    r/o
Sgt Harold R. Wieland     btg
Sgt John Y. Nelson    lwg
SSgt Bruce S. Cook    YO
Sgt John C. Connelly    tail gun

The designation "YO" was a special crew position. It is shown as normally unmanned, but on 4 missions, it was filled and designated "VHF" on 2 missions and as "YO" on 2 mission, all different individuals.

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