James Lawrence Moody was born on 7 November 1922, at Chattanooga, Tennessee to John Clemond Moody and Elsie Mervyn Hampton.
Died 17 February 1945

First Lieutenant
57th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Squadron, 12th Air Force

1st Lt was the pilot of aircraft P-47D27RE, serial number 42-26856, with nickname Margie. He departed from Grosetto Main on a Dive bomb mission.

Statement from 2nd Lt Aikens V. Smith:
Lieutenant Moody pulled off the target climbing North out of the Brenner Pass. He turned and flew up the East side of the canyon, gaining altitude steadily. He was flying approximately South and was above the mountains at nine to then thousand feet when the ship started a slow turn to the left, turning back into the canyon and losing altitude rapidly. After losing five or six thousand feet and completing a turn of 270 degrees, he crashed into the side of the mountain at F-69-89 and his ship exploded. I did not see him bail out.

1st Lt Moody was returned from Mirandola, Italy in 1949. He is buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, Y, 455.

  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 7 November 1922
  • Date of death: 17 February 1945
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 57th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Squadron, 12th Air Force
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Top Panel
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