James Tyree

2nd Lt. James L Tyree was assigned to the 301st BG 419th Squadron.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Bombardier.

"My father James Lewis Tyree (who went by the middle name Lewis or sometimes Louie) went first to Ellington Field in the Preflight Bombardier class. He then was in ClassBZ 43-6 Advanced Bombardier Training. I have a panorama picture of that graduating class, entitled "Class of 43-6 AAF Bombardier School Big Spring Texas.: It is about 40" by 8", framed behind glass, and I have no idea how to copy it. Unfortunately, I don't have the names - it is a large class. Additional Military Education listed (no dates given) is MAAF, Midland Texas Bombardier Refresher Course; Boca Raton AAF, Florida Course 76-Radar Observer-Bombardier; and SHAAF Salina Kansas- Personnel Mgmt course.

My father somewhat reluctantly returned to civilian life in October 1947, place of separation Salina Kansas. His Separation Qualification Record says under Summary of Military Occupations: "Bombardier: Flew 43 combat missions; 308 combat hours in B-17 in Africa and Europe from September 43 to September 44. Rated Radar Observer, Bombardment, Administrative Officer Recruiting Administrative Officer, Officers Mess Officer, Grad. Pers. Mgmt Course, SHAAF, Salina Kansas" He went back into the Air Force during the Korean War.

The DD-214 lists a Radar Refresher Course Feb 1951 at Ellington AFB, Texas and Combat Crew Training at Randolph AFB, Texas from March 1951 to May 1952. He separated from the service September 13, 1953 at Limestone AFB, Maine with the rank of Captain in the Air Reserve. He remained in the Air Force Reserves until retirement on August 5, 1975 (his 60th birthday) with the rank of Major. He passed away on September 9, 1997 and was given a military funeral. He was buried in his beloved Air Force uniform."

According to an article Grand Daddy wrote in The Security Searchlight, he wrote that In the fall of 1943, a group of us went to Casa Blanca in Liberty ships. Shortly we flew to Tunis and my crew joined an outfit stationed just out of Tunisia. I flew a few missions out of North Africa with the 301st Bombardment Group, a B-17 outfit, best in the then 12th Air Force (later the 15th). Just before Christmas, we moved to southern Italy, near Foggia. I completed my tour out of Foggia except for a brief stay with the radar lead ships. There I led my own outfit on many missions, including the Ploesti oil field raids. Completing my tour, I returned to the good ole USA in the fall of 1944. I did go back for a few weeks later, but to no more combat."

His mission log starts with Turin Italy ball bearing factory and ends withMilan Italy- Aircraft factory-Finis!!. There are not more specific dates.


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Rank Order Date Award Ribbon & Device

2nd Lt

126

03/13/1944

AM

Air Medal (AM)

2nd Lt

126

03/13/1944

AM/1OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2nd Lt

454

05/14/1944

AM/4OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2nd Lt

454

05/14/1944

AM/3OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2nd Lt

454

05/14/1944

AM/2OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

1LT

729

05/30/1944

AM/5OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

1LT

729

05/30/1944

AM/6OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

1LT

729

05/30/1944

AM/7OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2/25/1944 PUC


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