James R. Todd was the son of George Franklin Todd and Bertha Delora Campbell. His brother Master Sergeant Verlin Frank Todd died in an airplane crash on 4 April 1952. James Todd married Gladys Ford on 5 September 1942 at Autauga, Alabama. He was also survived by three sisters, Edith Thelma Todd, Rosalie Wiley Todd and Nancy Eileen Todd.

Aircraft B-24H with serial number 42-50345 departed from Sudbury, UK on an operational bombing mission to Lutzkendorf, Germany.

Eyewitness statement
Sgt William H. Hilzim said that he saw a B24 A/C which he believed was #345 got hit in #3 engine by flak near the IP. The A/C tried to make a run on the primary target but couldn’t stay in the formation. Plane was seen following the formation en route out of a lower altitude. Plane was last seen about 30 miles from the Belgium coast at an altitude of between 8,000 and 10,000 feet.

Control tower received notification from radio station at West Malling that they had picked up a message from A/C 345 giving position as south of Liège, Belgium.

All crew members bailed out over water at about 15:30 approximately 10 miles west of Ostende, Belgium.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Eugene R. Hicks
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt John C. Johnson Jr.
Navigator, 2nd Lt David V. Moll
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Kenneth E. Russell
Radio Operator, S/Sgt George N. Munro
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Robert E. Drake
Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Charles A. Smith
Tail Gunner, Sgt Murray Moskowitz
Right Waist Gunner, M/Sgt James R. Todd
Left Waist Gunner, Sgt Olin L. Bundrich

Master Sergeant Todd was reported missing in action on 28 May 1944 and officially declared dead on 29 May 1945. He is memorialized at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium

  • Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 11 May 1915
  • Date of death: 29 May 1945
  • County: Sullivan
  • Hometown: Kingsport
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 832nd Bomber Squadron, 486th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVIII, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: Sharon & Ray Todd Jr.

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