Doyle, Jimmie, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 2750-Aerial Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 424th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
McKinney and/or Lamesa, TX
Last Address
Wakde Island, New Guinea

Casualty Date
Sep 01, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60 Grave 9440

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aerial Gunnery School307th Bombardment Group, Heavy424th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 188, Aerial Gunnery School
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 2750, 307th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 424th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Jimmie Doyle was born on Oct 29, 1918, in Mckinney, TX, the son of Tom and Mamie Doyle.
According to his enlistment record, he enlisted in Lubbock, Texas on August 8, 1943. The record states he was married, had completed grammar school, and was employed as a brick or stone mason. He married Myrle Dean Wells in Lamesa, TX, on September 21, 1940. They had one child, Wells Thomas Doyle, who was approximately 15 months old when Jimmie left the U.S.

After basic training, Jimmie was accepted into Aerial Gunnery training. He must have had additional training because when deployed overseas, he also was assigned as Assistant Flight Engineer, in addition to being utilized as a nose gunner.

He was assigned to the 424th Bomb Squadron, 307th Bomb Group, located in the Southwest Pacific Theater. His unit was known as the "Long Rangers" because of the long missions against the Japanese-held islands. Some of these missions were more than 17 hours in duration.

On September 1, 1944, Doyle and the rest of the 11-man crew took off from Wadke Island to attack the enemy base at Koror. Their aircraft was a B-24J, # 42-73453, nicknamed "Babes in Arms." SSgt Doyle had been switched from tail gunner to nose gunner for this mission, and was still manifested as Assistant Flight Engineer.

As the aircraft settled into the attack heading, the enemy anti-aircraft fire became intense. An eye-witness account of that mission includes the following statement: "Two direct hits were observed in the left wing and #2 engine. The engine burst into flame just as the formation reached the Bomb Release Line. The bomb load was salvoed, the left wing broke off, and the fuselage broke in two as the aircraft plunged toward the waters between Babelthuap and Koror Islands."

Other accounts indicated three of the crew bailed out. However, they were captured and executed by the Japanese. Documents acquired from enemy sources after the war proved this correct. The American Graves Registration Service ruled in 1949 that all remains at the crash site were non-recoverable.

Starting in 200, a team from the POW.MIA Accounting Command mounted several investigations in the area, searching for evidence of mass burials. Although they never found anything of that nature, they were contacted in 2004 by a group called the "Bent Prop Project" that had discovered the wreckage of a B-24 on the ocean floor several miles from where the aircraft had supposedly crashed.

In 2007, after several attempts by the U.S. Navy and other groups, human remains and other evidence was recovered from the wreck. Coincidentally, at his request, the search team was joined by Thomas Doyle, the grandson of Jimmie Doyle.

By use of DNA data and dental records, machine gun serial numbers, and identification tags, the remains of several of the crew were recovered.

According to official news releases, the joint remains of 6 of the crew, including SSgt Doyle, were interred at Arlington National Cemetery on April 30, 2010. However, in Lamesa, TX, the local newspaper has an account of SSgt Doyle being returned to his family for individual burial. In fact, there are several accompanying photographs that show the flag draped coffin, and the burial site, with a description of how a walkway was moved to provide sufficient burial space.

In addition, the article included the information that Tommy Doyle, grandson of SSgt Jimmie Doyle, escorted his grandfather's remains to Lamesa for the funeral. Tommy is a Captain in the Marine Corps, who served two full tours in Iraq.
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According to Missing Air Crew Report 8641, the crew was:
2 Lt Jack S.M. Arnett     p
F/O William B. Simpson
2 Lt Arthur J. Schumacher   nav
2 Lt Frank J. Arhar     bomb
TSgt Robert J. Stinson     eng
SSgt Jimmie Doyle     asst eng/ nose gunner
TSgt Charles T. Goudling      r/o
SSgt John Moore    asst r/o
SSgt Earl E. Yoh    gunner
SSgt Leland D. Price    tail gun
Sgt Alexander R. Vick    photographer

Schumaker, Moore, and Vick bailed out, but were captured and executed by the Japanese.

Arnett, Simpson, and Vick were replacements for regular crew members on this mission.

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