Agee, James R., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Apr 13, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
James Russell Agee was born in Kentucky on January, 4, 1923. Census data reveals his parents were Oscar and Stella Agee. The US Census 1940 shows the family residing in Campbell, Indiana.

Agee enlisted on December 26, 1941 at Indianapolis, Indiana as a private in the US Army Air Forces. His enlistment records state he had completed 3 years of high school, but does not give a civilian occupation.

He received training as an aerial gunner, and then was assigned to the 301st Bomb Group. The date assigned has not been established, but he was a member of the Thomas crew when transferred to North Africa in October, 1942. It is not known how many combat missions he flew, but under the criteria of award at that time, the Air Medal with 4 OLC should signify at least 25 missions.

On April 13, 1943, the aircraft and crew was part of a bombing raid on the Castel-Veterano Airdrome in Italy. The MACR does not specify the cause of the loss, but merely states, "Aircraft failed to return," along with crew listing.

SSgt Agee is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia.
Kentucky Birth Records, 1911-1999
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt James R. Agee was the assigned ball turret gunner on B-17F #41-24394, named "Hockomolocko Jock VI BB," assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron. The meaning of the name, or why it was given, is not revealed in unit records.

Missing Air Crew Report 16302 was issued, but has little but aircraft identification, crew listing, and the notation "Failed to Return." Mission loading lists show personnel on board as:

1 Lt Jerry E. Thomas  p
1 Lt Duke D. Cummings  c-p
1 Lt Harry A. Wann, Jr.  nav
1 Lt William E. Loewecke  bomb
TSgt Julius J Jacobs  eng/tt gun
TSgt Joel B. Busby  r/o
SSgt James Agee  btg
SSgt Ray o. Weeks  wg
Sgt  Robert F. Nance  photo
SSgt Richard J. Carignan  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

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