He enlisted in the USAAF in Massachusetts. He was trained, earned his crewman wings, and sent overseas to India. His last assignment was to the 417th Depot Repair Squadron. He was assigned to fly on a B-25 with Major Christian and 1stLt Coe in search of the two missing crews and his B-25 Mitchell crashed in the Kulibihi Bazaar, India. Two of five B-25s departed the airfield at Panagarh, India, at 0830 hours, 17 October 1945, for Bangalore, India, to be later scrapped. B-25, # 43-4955, was located, crashed 13 miles from Udayagiri, India. On 23 October 1945, a jeep and 3 officers (Chaplain Capt. Claude T. Ennis, 1stLt Robert Clark, Operations Officer, and 1stLt Jack L. McAnally, Provost Marshal) were sent by C-47 to Vizigapatam, India, for a ground investigation. The aircraft and fragments of the crew but positive identification were made. The remains were given a Christian burial in the Mallikpodi Christian cemetery. This MACR holds numerous pages of Q&A of several witnesses under oath with investigators who recommended disciplinary actions against two officers, including a USAAF Colonel, Group Commander, for dereliction of duty for failing to ensure the aircraft were sufficiently maintained and prepared for flight and manned with sufficient and qualified USAAF personnel, leading the aircraft aloft to be vulnerable to navigational and pilot errors and resulted in crashes and deaths. After recovery from India, his remains were buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery, West Acton, Massachusetts.

GREEN, JAMES ALVIN, Private, # 6579577, USAAF

 

James A. Green was born on 31 July 1920 in Portland, Oregon. When he registered for the WWII draft on 17 February 1942, he described himself as 6’, 160 lbs, with blond hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Oregon. His last assignment was to the 80th Depot Repair Squadron. He was assigned to fly on a B-25 with Major Christian and 1stLt Coe in search of the two missing crews and his B-25 Mitchell crashed in the Kulibihi Bazaar, India. Two of five B-25s departed the airfield at Panagarh, India, at 0830 hours, 17 October 1945, for Bangalore, India, to be later scrapped. B-25, # 43-4955, was located, crashed 13 miles from Udayagiri, India. On 23 October 1945, a jeep and 3 officers (Chaplain Capt. Claude T. Ennis, 1stLt Robert Clark, Operations Officer, and 1stLt Jack L. McAnally, Provost Marshal) were sent by C-47 to Vizigapatam, India, for a ground investigation. The aircraft and fragments of the crew but positive identification were made. The remains were given a Christian burial in the Mallikpodi Christian cemetery. This MACR holds numerous pages of Q&A of several witnesses under oath with investigators who recommended disciplinary actions against two officers, including a USAAF Colonel, Group Commander, for dereliction of duty for failing to ensure the aircraft were sufficiently maintained and prepared for flight and manned with sufficient and qualified USAAF personnel, leading the aircraft aloft to be vulnerable to navigational and pilot errors and resulted in crashes and deaths. After recovery from India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. P, Grave 801).