HAGEN, JAMES BRYSON, Second Lieutenant, # 0-776288, USAAF
James B. Hagen was born 1 August 1923 in Paint Creek Township, Allamakee Co., Iowa to Glenn Alvin Hagen (1887-1978) and Estelle D. (Bryson) Hagen (1898-1995) (married 29 August 1921, Waterville, Iowa). Siblings included Charles Hagen (1921-1924) and Howard Arthur Hagen (1926-2011).
He enlisted in the USAAF # 17151985) on 18 November 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India on 11 July 1944. On 21 September 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24750, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1332nd AAF Base Unit, Mohanbari, India, departed Kunming China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) returning to Mohanbari, India. Last contact was at 2215 Zulu over Chabua airfield at 9,000’. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Old West Paint Creek Cemetery, Waukon, Allamakee Co., Iowa.
His brother, Howard A. Hagen, born 17 November 1926, served in the USAAF, # 17697970, from 16 May 1945 to 5 January 1946. He was stationed at Keesler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi, Scott Field, Bellville, Illinois, and Greensboro Field, North Carolina. He died 28 March 2011.
His father, born 3 October 1887, served in the U.S. Army, a Corporal, during WWI from 24 February 1918 to 12 April 1919. He died 20 March 1978 and is buried in the Old West Creek Cemetery, Waukon, Allamakee Co., Iowa.