321stBG,448thBS, C. O. Major James P Bates, Pilot
The 448th's Commanding Officer, Major James P. "Jimmy" Bates, Pilot. (He was ALSO one of Doolittle's "supporting" Raiders)
Bates, James Paul, "Jimmy", Major, Pilot, Enlistment Service # :
Officer's Servie # : O-406506
448th Squadron COMMANDING OFFICER
MISSING IN ACTION On 02 December 1943~POW~ During a Bombing Mission on a Road Bridge Northwest of Chieti, Italy, Just 25 Miles North of the Front Lines. The Plane, Flying in the Lead Position, Took a Direct Flak Hit to the Gas Tank, Exploded, and What Was Left, Went Down in Flames. Major Bates Somehow Survived, But Was Captured By The Enemy, And Held As A Prisoner Of War. He Was Later Returned.
Owner: Barbi Ennis Connolly
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