JAMES, OSCAR RICHARD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-774901, USAAF
Oscar R. James was born on 16 October 1922 in Eugene, Oregon to Oscar William James (1889-1961) (KY) and Esther Isabelle (Anderson) James (1893-1979) (IA). A sister was Roberta M. (James) Mandel (1921-2017) (ID). His father was a school teacher in 1930. Perhaps inaccurate information although it is consistent with military records.
He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by Todds Shipyards, Richmond, CA, resided at 2130 Market St., San Francisco, and described himself as 6’, 167 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Lincoln, Nebraska, on 4 April 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the B-24 Liberator and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 3 May 1945, a B-24J, # 44-41172, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 436th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Madhaiganj, India, and was part of a flight of bombers on a mission over Moulmein, Burma. The B-24 was last seen at about 1,500’ with one engine not running about 2 miles West of Moulmein, Burma. The B-24J was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire over Moulmein, Burma. It was last seen entering a cloud formation with one engine feathered. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His father, Oscar W. James, born 5 November 1889, served during WW I from 15 August 1917 to 28 October 1919, a U.S. Army, Second Lieutenant, 362nd Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, Headquarters Company. He died 13 September 1961 and is buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, with his wife (Sec. Q, Grave 3011). He was awarded the Purple Heart.