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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.