Jim Biggerstaff was the son of Earle Lite Biggerstaff and Alma Florence Hanberry.

Aircraft B-24H with serial number 41-28593 was on a objective bombing mission to Brunswick in Germany. The aircraft crashed near Dwingeloo in the Netherlands.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Donald G. Schumann
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Harold E. White
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Jim Biggerstaff
Navigator, 2nd Lt Raymond L. Thurber
Engineer-Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Harvey E. Smith
Radio Operator-Asst. Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt John M. Hilton
Assistant Engineer-Right Waist gunner, S/Sgt Conrad Holzgraf
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Willard D. Malwitz
Tail Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Isaac H. O´Dell
Left Waist Gunner, S/Sgt James W. Newton

The Tennessean, 15 November 1945
The war department yesterday confirmed the death of Second Lt. Jim Biggerstaff. Nashville airman, who was reported missing in a mission over Europe January 11, 1944 A native of Morristown, the 24-year-old officer was a graduate of Central High School here where he was an outstanding athlete. He was employed by Western Electric Company for two years before volunteering for the air corps in 1942. He was commissioned at the Big Springs, Tex., bombardier school in April, 1943. Serving as an instructor at the Childress, Tex., army air field, he went overseas in November of that year, His decorations included the Purple Heart and a Presidential Citation. He is survived by his wife, Janier Westmoreland Biggerstaff of Amarillo, Tex.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Biggerstaff of Morristown, Tenn.; three brothers, W.E. (Bill) Biggerstaff and E.J. Biggerstaff, both of the navy; and G.L. Biggerstaff of Atlanta; two sisters, Mrs. C.D. Stubblefield of Morristown, and Mrs. W.C. Roach, 1719 Forster Street, Memphis.

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 15 November 1920
  • Date of death: 11 January 1944
  • County: Sullivan
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 448th Bomber Group Heavy, 712th Bomber Squadron
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVIII, Middle Panel
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