Rank and Name, Staff Sergeant James W. Babcock.
Unit/Placed in, 877th Bomber Squadron, 499th Bomber Group, Very Heavy.
James is born approx. on 28 Feb. 1921 in Denver, Colorado.
Father, Guy L. Babcock.
Mother, Luella E. (Miller) Babcock.
Sister(s), Jeanne W. Elnah M. and Barbara L. Babcock.
Brother(s), Guy L. Babcock Jr.
James enlisted the service in California with service number # 6583502.
James‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-29 were,
Captain Victor E Fiala Pilot
2nd Lt. Stanley E Shimanek Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. Eugene A Lewis Navigator
2nd Lt. Edward C Kuchenbecker Bombardier
1st Lt. Joseph R O’Grady Flight Engineer
SSgt. Jack O Goroeoff Radio Operator
SSgt. James W Babcock Central Fire Control/Left Gunner
Sgt. Keith A Matthew Right Gunner
Sgt. Edward A Hill Radar Operator
Sgt. Herbert O Stoecker Top Gunner
Corporal Frederick H Converse Tail Gunner
James was KIA when over the Target the plane had a lot of Operational Difficulties, so they ditched it on the way back in sea on 9 Jan. 1945, he is honored with an Air Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
James is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.
Courts of the missing.
He also has a Memorial Grave at Glen Haven Memorial Park, Sylmar, Los Angeles County, California, USA.
Thanks to, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/499th_Bombardment_Group.html
Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Seabees History Bob Smith https://seabeehf.org/
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com