McBride, James T., 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
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
Cerignola, Italy

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Rhone, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
James T. McBride was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 9, 1919. His parents were John V. and Jane Catherine McBride. The US Census 1940 shows the family in Philadelphia.

McBride enlisted at Philadelphia on September 26, 1942.  He received training as an aerial gunner, and was assigned to North Africa on July 12, 1943 where he flew on 40 combat missions.

On January 21, 1944, he was part of a crew sent to bomb the airdrome located at Salon De Provence, France. As his aircraft approached the target, the # 3 engine began smoking. The pilot dropped out of formation, only to be attacked by a number of German fighters.

The aircraft seemed to be under control although it made a wide, slow descent in a spiral. It was ditched or crashed into the sea 20 miles south of Toulon, France. The crew was seen in life rafts on a course that would take them to Marseilles, France. They were never seen again.

Listed as Missing in Action, later all the crew was declared dead and unrecoverable. SSgt McBride is remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Rhone American Cemetery in Draguignan, France.

His parents drew the $500 compensation for killed servicemen from the state of Pennsylvania in 1950
Pennsylvania Veteran Compensation Application Files
US CEnsus 1940


SSgt James T. McBride was the assigned tail gunner on B-17F #42-30472, not named, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Although one name was omitted from the loading list, a full crew complement can be derived from Missing Air Crew Report 1952. The crew consisted of:

2 Lt Howard W. Ryan  p
2 Lt Paul C. Peters  c-p
1 Lt Alvin P. Goldstein  nav
2 Lt Baldwin J. Krober  bomb
TSgt Kenneth E. Canady  eng/tt gun
TSgt Joseph J. Buschko  r/o
Sgt  Richard L. Chelminiak  btg
SSgt Harley A. Kelly  wg
SSgt James T. McBride  tail gunner

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

TSgt Kenneth E. Canady is not on the loading list, but is in the MACR.

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