James Madsen

MACR: 1589

S/Sgt James P Madsen was assigned to the 301st BG 32nd Squadron.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Tail Gunner.

James Madsen

Born: 4 September 1924 - Leyden Township, Cook County, Illinois

Parents: James P. Madsen Sr. & Helen Madsen

Siblings: 1 sister


1730 North Seventy-Ninth Avenue - Elmwood Park, Illinois


Concordia High School, River Forest, Illinois

Proviso Township High School Class of 1944 - left before class graduated - 29 May 1942

Occupation: cook

Wife: Thelma E. Madsen

Enlisted: U.S. Army Air Corps, 26 October 1942; Chicago, Illinois

Serial Number: 16144800

Training: Unknown

Unit: 32nd Bomb Squadron, 301st Bomber Group (Heavy), 15th Air Force - member of a B17 bomber crew

Bombing Missions: 2 November 1943 - began operations Flew missions over these countries; Tunisia, North Africa - November 1943 assigned to his unit while it was on rest & relaxation Italy. Unit relocated during December 1943, planes flew out of Cerignola No. 1 Army Airfield.

Killed in Action: 25 December 1943 over Italy. Plane shot down during mission to destroy a bridge

Buried: Florence American Cemetery, Via Cassia, Italy; Plot: G Row: 9 Grave: 2

Medals: Purple Heart, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

S/Sgt James P Madsen - 301st BG, Army Air Corps Library and Museum

S/Sgt James P Madsen

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Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)





Air Medal (AM)

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