Revisiting the James Leininger Case: A Survival Skeptic Strikes Back

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    GuySittingintheStands Senior Member

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    According to the website ancestry.com, 20 percent of boys are given the first and middle names of a family member (father?). That's 1 in 5, as an upper limit. If this held true a century ago, when theoretically most US Navy WW2 pilots were born, then we could use the 1/5 figure to calculate the number of US Navy pilots named James, jr. who were killed in combat in the Pacific.

    https://www.ancestry.com/corporate/blog/american-baby-names-are-all-in-the-family/#:~:text=Of those, approximately one-third,named after a family member.
    • In fact, 20 percent of men were given both their first and middle names after a family member.
    So, if roughly 28 (potential) US Navy aircraft carrier pilots who died in combat in WW2 in the Pacific theater were named James, about 28/ 5 = 5 or 6 (roughly 5 or 6) were named James, jr. by this estimate.

    (or calculated slightly differently, since the 5 James, jr's were not counted in the initial survey of fallen Navy aviation officers in WW2 in the Pacific -- (28 +5)/ 5 = 6 or 7 .)

    So, I'm predicting, if one went through the US Navy history website again, and, using the Ctrl F function, searched through all the "James" hits matching our criteria to include those hits where the son was named after the father (James, jr, hits), one would come up with at most 6 or 7 James _______, jr's who met our criteria out of the 10s of thousands of US Navy WW2 dead. That's at most 6 or 7 aircraft carriers, maybe only 1- 3 if we were lucky. I wonder how many Jack Larsens served as pilots on those carriers?

    Next up: Ctrl F James, jr . see how far it gets us going through the US Navy history website letter by letter.
     
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    Results of a Ctrl F search through the US Navy history website for James, jr according to the criteria established in the previous posts (only officers included (all pilots were officers), service on non-aircraft carrier ships not included, Pacific theater only, KIA or missing or later declared dead after combat death in the ocean included):
    A – 0
    B – 0
    C --0 *** COOMBE, Harry J Jr, ENS, O-368428, USNR, from Ohio, location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss July 18, 1945 (pm) + COOMBE, Harry J, Ensign, O-368428, USN, from Ohio, Jul-45, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + COOMBE, Harry James, Jr., Ensign, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry James Coome, Sr., 2363 Grandin Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio (na)*** Not included since Ens Coombe was not killed by enemy fire, but instead ditched in the ocean when his plane ran out of fuel: Bulletin of Yale University, Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the year 1945-46:

    “Withdrew from college January 30,1943, went into active service as aviation cadet, US Naval Reserve, March 12, 1943, received training at Pensacola, Fla, Chapel Hill, NC , Olathe, Kans, and at Barm Field, commissioned Ensign A-U(N), U S Naval Reserve, April 28, 1944, assigned to Composite Squadron 33 (VC-33), flying fighter type aircraft, San Diego, in September, 1944, took Naval Air Spotters Gunnery Course, Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, March-April, 1945, went overseas April, 1945, took part in engagements over Okinawa and Japan Ensign Coombe was returning to the carrier with his- squadron after covering an infantry landing in the South Pacific when his plane fell into the ocean Survived by parents, a sister, Mary Anderson Coombe (Vassar Class of 1949), a brother, Vachel Anderson Coombe, '48 E, and paternal grandfather.” (source: http://mssa.library.yale.edu/obituary_record/1925_1952/1945-46.pdf )

    D – 0
    E – 0
    F – 0
    G – 0
    H – 0
    I – 0
    J – 0
    K – 0
    L – 0
    M – 0
    N – 0
    O – 0
    P – 0
    Q – 0
    R -- 0 *** RAFTIS, Daniel James, Jr., Lieutenant (jg), USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel James Raftis, Sr., 210 First Ave., NE Oelwein, Iowa (na) *** Not included since Lt. Raftis was a boat support officer who served in the Meditteranean. Awarded Silver Star for gallentry in 1943, source: www.newspapers.com The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) 18 Jan 1945 p. 4.
    S – 0
    T – 0
    U – 0
    V -- 0 ***VILSACK, James R, Ensign, O-378896, USN, from Pennsylvania, Apr-45, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + VILSACK, James Richard, Ensign, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Anthony Vilsac, 4371 Schenley Farms Terrace, Pittsburgh, Pa (na) + VILSACK, James, Jr, ENSIGN, 378896, Fighting Squadron 6 (USS Hancock), Okinawa Gunto operation, April 6, 1945, (CasCode122) died of wounds, dd April 6, 1945 (bp2)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James.
    W -- 0 ***WHELAN, Walter J, Jr, ENSIGN, 351073, Patrol Bombing Squadron 104, January 11, 1945, (CasCode6422), dd January 11, 1945 (bp2) *** This squadron never served aboard an aircraft carrier. It was always a land-based bomber group. SO, NOT INCLUDED.
    XYZ -- 0

    Next up: Ctrl F search for James who were named after their fathers (ie. James, jr or father named James) but were listed with a middle initial in every citation so not captured in the Ctrl F search above. Example: James M. Huston, jr, aka Huston, James M., jr. This could take a while as there are thousands of "James" listed on the website.
     
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    Results of a Ctrl F search through the US Navy history website for James including only "jr."s, (and/or father named James) and according to the criteria established in the previous posts (only officers included (all pilots were officers), service on non-aircraft carrier ships or land-based not included, Pacific theater only, KIA or missing or later declared dead after combat death in the ocean, ie., shot down by the Japanese, included):

    A -- 0 ***ALEXANDER, James Herbert, Jr., Lt., (jg), USNR. Mother, Mrs. Pearl L. Alexander, 1619 W. 5th St., Sioux City, Iowa (na)***NOT INCLUDED. KIA North Atlantic Ocean. (source: https://navy.togetherweserved.com/s...hadowBoxProfile&type=AssignmentExt&ID=1058437)

    ***ATTEBERRY, James L Jr, ENS, O-299021, USNR, from Kentucky, location Netherlands East Indies, missing, date of loss August 13, 1944 (pm) + ATTEBERRY, James L, Ensign, O-299021, USN, from Kentucky, 1946 (WW2), Manila American Cemetery (bm) + ATTEBERRY, James Lawrence, Jr., Ensign, Supply Corps, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Rose Bacon Atteberry, 210 Kingston Ave., Louisville, Ky (na) + ATTEBERRY, James L, Jr, ENSIGN, 299021, Patrol Squadron 11, Western New Guinea operations, August 13, 1944, (CasCode6222), dd February 5, 1946 (bp2)***NOT INCLUDED. Patrol Squadron 11 was a squadron of seaplanes, land-based, not carrier-based. (source: www. Newspapers.com, The Courier Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), 22 Mar 1946 p.22 (declared dead) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VPB-11.)

    ***AVERILL, James K, CDR, O-061326, USN, from New York, location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss March 26, 1944 (pm) + AVERILL, James K, Commander, O-061326, USN, from New York, Mar-44, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + AVERILL, James Kent, Commander, USN. Wife, Mrs. Margaret S. Averill, 201 Hereford Ave., Ferguson, Mo (na)***NOT INCLUDED.
    No jr citation. Also, James was lost on March 26, 1944 when the aircraft he was aboard crashed immediately after takeoff from USS Lexington (CV 16). He was Chief of Staff for Carrier Division 11 at the time of his loss, and was returning to the flagship (USS Yorktown (CV 10). (source: https://usnamemorialhall.org/index.php/JAMES_K._AVERILL,_CDR,_USN)

    Note to readers: What am I doing? I'm trying to see if I can come up with a very short list of US Navy carrier-based pilots who were named James (and whose father was also named James), who were shot down by the Japanese and crashed in the Pacific Ocean during WW2, using criteria from James Leininger "early bird" claims WITHOUT reference to "Natoma" or "Iwo Jima" or even "Jack Larsen/Larson", if possible.

    cont'd next post
     
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    B -- 1 ***BATES, James Parker, Jr., Ensign, USNR. Father, Mr. James P. Bates, Sr., 7342 S.E. 29th Ave., Portland, Ore (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Killed off the English coast in a training exercise. (Source: www.newspapers.com, Carlsbad Current Argus (Carlsbad, New Mexico), 24 May 1942, p.1.

    ***BETHEL, James H Jr, ENS, O-321002, USNR, from Virginia, USS Hornet, location Philippine Islands, missing, date of loss January 7, 1945 (pm) + BETHEL, James H, Ensign, O-321002, USN, from Virginia, 1946 (WW2), Manila American Cemetery (bm) + BETHEL, James Houston, Jr., Ensign, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Lillian Bethel, Rt. 4, Appomattox, Va (na) + BETHEL, James H, Jr, ENSIGN, 321002, Fighting Squadron 11 (USS Hornet), Third Fleet in support of operations Luzon attacks, January 7, 1945, (CasCode6222), dd January 8, 1946 (bp2)*** NOT INCLUDED. Killed in hot pursuit of a Japanese fighter when his Hellcat hit the water.

    (Source: https://epdf.pub/vf-11-111-sundowners-1942-95-aviation-elite-units.html )

    BOIES, James R, ENSIGN, 145950, Fighting Squadron 5 (USS Yorktown), Wake Island raid, October 6, 1943, (CasCode122) died of wounds, October 7, 1943, dd October 7, 1943 (bp2) + BOIES, James R, Ensign, O-145950, USN, from Louisiana, Oct-43, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + BOIES, James Reese, Ensign, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Ola Mae Boies, Rayville, La (na) + BOIES, James, ENS, O-145950, USNR, from Louisiana, USS Yorktown - Ii, location Wake Island, missing, date of loss October 7, 1943 (pm). “Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. [James Cook] Boies . . .” (Source: www.newspapers.com The Richland Beacon News (Rayville, Louisiana), 30 Sept 1944, p.1.)

    Secondary source: https://www.100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&Itemid=334&id=13374 “He named me after his best friend and cousin, Ensign James Reese Boies, who was a Navy fighter pilot, killed in action at the Battle of Wake Island . . . His fighter, a Grumman F6A [Hellcat], crashed into the Pacific Ocean.”


    ***BRIDGES, James E, Lieutenant, O-104354, USN, from Georgia, 1946 (WW2), Manila American Cemetery (bm) + BRIDGES, James Edwin, Lt., USNR. Mother, Mrs. Lillie M. Bridges, Brinson, Ga (na) + BRIDGES, James E, LT, O-104354, USNR, from Georgia, USS Intrepid - VT-6, location Caroline Islands, missing, date of loss February 16, 1944 (pm) + BRIDGES, James E, LT, 104354, Torpedo Squadron 6 (USS Intrepid), Truk attack, February 16/17, 1944, (CasCode6222), dd January 15, 1946 (bp2)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James.

    (Source. www. Findagrave.com, for James Edwin Bridges. “Son of Dr. Robert Larkin Bridges and Lillie Mae Maddox Bridges (3rd of nine children).”

    ***BURK, James E, Lieutenant, O-125462, USN, from Texas, Jun-45, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + BURK, James Elijah, Lieutenant, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Mary Virginia Burk, 351 Redwood, San Antonio, Tex (na) + BURK, James E, LT, O-125462, USNR, from Texas, USS Wasp (CV-18), location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss June 18, 1945 (pm)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (William Henry Burk). Source: www.findagrave.com for Lt. James E. Burk.

    ***BURK, James R, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-215385, USN, from New Jersey, Oct-44, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + BURK, James Reber, Lieutenant (jg), USNR. Wife, Mrs. Stella Elizabeth Burk, State Highway, Beverly, NJ (na) + BURK, James R, LTJG, O-215385, USNR, from New Jersey, location New Britain Island, missing, date of loss April 29, 1944 (pm)***NOT INCLUDED. PT Boat Commander. Father not named James (Paul H. Burk). Source: www.newspapers.com Republican and Herald (Pottsville, Pennsylvania) 05 May 1944, p.8.

    Note to readers: What am I doing? I'm trying to see if I can come up with a very short list of US Navy carrier-based pilots who were named James (and whose father was also named James), who were shot down by the Japanese and crashed in the Pacific Ocean during WW2, using criteria from James Leininger "early bird" claims WITHOUT reference to "Natoma" or "Iwo Jima" or even "Jack Larsen/Larson", if possible.

    C -- next post.
     
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    C --1 CALDWELL, James E Jr, ENS, O-114415, USNR, from California, USS Enterprise, location Solomon Islands, missing, date of loss October 26, 1942 (pm) + CALDWELL, James E, Ensign, O-114415, USN, from California, Oct-43, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + CALDWELL, James Earl, Jr., Ensign, USNR. Wife, Mrs. James Earl Caldwell, Jr., 3637 Hamilton St., Fresno, Calif (na). Shot down by Japanese fighters while defending his carrier from enemy attack. Source: The Fresno Bee (Fresno, California), 19 May 1943, p.13.

    ***COLEMAN, Lee J, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-114557, USN, from Nebraska, Sep-44, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + COLEMAN, Lee James, Lt., (jg), USNR. Wife, Mrs. Sara Kathleen Coleman, 3608 Valencia Rd., Jacksonville, Fla (na) + COLEMAN, Lee J, LTJG, O-114557, USNR, from Nebraska, location New Hebrides, missing, date of loss August 31, 1943 (pm)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Neal Seth Coleman). Source: www.ancestry.com

    ???CONNERS, James R Jr, ENS, O-301602, USNR, from Massachusetts, USS White Plains (CVE-66, location Philippine Sea, missing, date of loss October 25, 1944 (pm) + CONNERS, James R, Ensign, O-301602, USN, from Massachusetts, Oct-44, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + CONNERS, James Richard, Jr., Ensign, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Richard Conners, Sr., 69 Preston St., Everett, Boston, Mass (na)??? Still researching. Not clear whether he was shot down or ditched in the ocean. Lost 25 Oct 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf 23 -26 Oct 1944, specifically Battle of Samar 25 Oct 1944.
    “The USS White Plains CVE 66 . . . carried 45 officers, 620 men, and approx. 25 aircraft. The USS White Plains’ greatest moment in combat came on October 25, 1944, when, as part of Task Unit 77.4.3, during the Battle of Samar, Philippines, she and other ships of the United State Navy, against great odds, engaged and retired the Central Japanese Force including destroyers, cruisers and battleships, which were headed toward the main American body at Leyte Gulf. . .” Source: https://whiteplainshistory.github.io/pages/UssWhitePlains.html

    “While on the west coast, WHITE PLAINS conducted operational training for her own ship's company and carrier qualifications for three air squadrons. In April, she embarked her own permanently assigned air unit, Composite Squadron (VC) 4, composed of 16 Wildcat fighters and 12 Avenger torpedo bombers.” Source: https://www.navysite.de/cve/cve66.htm
    https://usswhiteplains.com/

    ***COOK, James H, ENS, O-099941, USNR, from Louisiana, location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss August 22, 1942 (pm) + COOK, James H, Ensign, O-099941, USN, from Louisiana, Aug-42, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + COOK, James Hill, Ensign, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Marjorie Stevenson Cook, 4002 Curtis Lane, Shreveport, La (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Lifford H. Cook).
    Source: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7559430/the-times/
    The Times, Shreveport, Louisiana, 11 March 1942, p.7 “Cook-Stevenson Nuptials to be Held Thursday”

    ***COOMBE, Harry J Jr, ENS, O-368428, USNR, from Ohio, location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss July 18, 1945 (pm) + COOMBE, Harry J, Ensign, O-368428, USN, from Ohio, Jul-45, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + COOMBE, Harry James, Jr., Ensign, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry James Coome, Sr., 2363 Grandin Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Ensign Coombe’s plane was not shot down but apparently went down in the Pacific Ocean for some other reason (short of fuel, mechanical problem, etc.) on way back to carrier from a mission. Source: http://mssa.library.yale.edu/obituary_record/1925_1952/1945-46.pdf

    ***CRANE, James L, ENS, O-337101, USNR, from Indiana, location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss November 20, 1944 (pm) + CRANE, James L, Ensign, O-337101, USN, from Indiana, Nov-44, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + CRANE, James Lawrence, Ensign, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Mary Queenie Crane, Hillsboro, Ind (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James. (Ollie Depew Crane) Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29564175/james-lawrence-crane

    Ensign James Conners, jr (see above) died at some point in the Battle of Samar 25 Oct 1944.
    How he died, whether he was shot down by the Japanese or whether he was forced to ditch in the Pacific is the question I'm grappling with at the moment. He served aboard the American escort carrier USS White Plains, which was part of a group of 6 escort carriers and accompanying destroyer screen named "Taffy 3" or "Taffy Group 3" and would face the bulk of the attacking Japanese central fleet, including the largest battleship ever built, the Yamato. This youtube clip will set the stage:
     
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    D -- 1 DARRACOTT, James C, LTJG, 301611, Fighting Squadron 20 (USS Lexington), later Luzon operations, December 14, 1944, (CasCode6222), dd December 15, 1945 (bp2) + DARRACOTT, James G, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-301611, USN, from North Carolina, December 1945 (WW2), Manila American Cemetery (bm) + DARRACOTT, James Gideon, Lieutenant (jg) USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. James G. Darracott, 307 Battleground Rd., Kings Mountain, NC (na) + DARRACOTT, James G, LTJG, O-301611, USNR, from North Carolina, USS Lexington (CV-16), location Philippine Islands, missing, date of loss December 14, 1944 (pm). Source: USS Lexington CV-16 en route to the Philippines on
    13 December 1944. Note the mast and wake of another ship visible behind Lexington.
    https://mighty90.com/Operation_LOVE_III.html

    “Repaired at Ulithi after the battle, Lexington spent December and January 1945 raiding Luzon and Formosa before entering the South China Sea to strike at Indochina and Hong Kong.” Source: https://www.thoughtco.com/uss-lexington-cv-16-2360379

    Four pilots from Fighting Squadron 20 (USS Lexington), missing and presumed down (including James C. Darracott), 14 Dec 1944, later Luzon Operations.
    Source: https://www.naval-history.net/WW2UScasaaDB-USNBPbyDate1944.htm

    ***DAY, James Garrett, Ensign, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Sallie Day, 19 Edwards Ave., Walton, Ky (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (John Day). Died in plane crash in Oxnard, California. Source: www.newspapers.com Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington, Kentucky), 20 Dec 1944, p.3.

    ***DENDINGER, James A B, ENSIGN, 351551, Fighting Squadron 23 (USS Langley), 3rd and 5th Fleet Raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, March 29, 1945, (CasCode6222), dd March 30, 1946 (bp2) + DENDINGER, James A B, Ensign, O-351441, USN, from Nebraska, 1946 (WW2), Honolulu Memorial (bm) + DENDINGER, James August Beste, Ensign. USNR. Mother, Mrs. Lavina M. Dendinger, 307 9th St., Norfolk, Nebr (na) + DENDINGER, James A, ENS, O-351441, USNR, from Nebraska, location Ryukyus Islands, missing, date of loss March 29, 1945 (pm)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Frank F. Dendinger). Source: https://peoplelegacy.com/ens_james_august_b_dendinger-0g276q

    ***DETTY, James Norman, Ensign. USNR. Wife, Mrs. Alma Mildred Detty, Brainard Rd., Lyndhurst, Ohio (na). / b. 17 Apr 1922, Cleveland, Ohio, d. 22 July 1945; Father: James Harvey Detty. Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/190445407/james-norman-detty ***NOT INCLUDED. Died in Hawaii, apparently plane accident, July 1945. Source:
    https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/USN/LLJul45.htm

    ***DOYLE, James Quincy, Lt., USNR. Wife, Mrs. Elise Cooke Doyle, 4433 Kahala Ave., Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii (na) (b. 30 Jan 1914, Springfield, Mass., d. 31 July 1944, Funafuti, Tuvalu; burial Honolulu, Hawaii)***NOT INCLUDED. Transport airplane accident.
    Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65191328/james-quincy-doyle

    ***DROEGE, James Barry, Lieutenant (jg), USNR. Mother, Mrs. Rosalie B. Droege, 1209 Bellevue Ave., St. Louis, Mo (na)/ b. 20 June 1920, St. Louis, Missouri, d. Oct 1944.***NOT INCLUDED. No mention of father anywhere. More than likely father never lived with family.

    ***DROLES, James G, CAPA, 3859027, USN, from Washington, location Hawaiian Islands, missing, date of loss April 26, 1944 (pm) + DROLES, James G, Chief Aviation Pilot, 3859027, USN, from Washington, Apr-44, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + DROLES, James George, Chief Aviation Pilot, USN. Wife, Mrs. Doris Luella Droles, 20 S. 10th St., Yakima, Wash (na)
    b. 17 July 1922, father born in Greece.***NOT INCLUDED. “Silver Eagles [Navy enlisted men trained as Navy aviation pilots in WW2, ie. CAPAs] were to relegated fly what the Navy called Auxiliary Aircraft - transport, recon, supply aircraft, etc. This was because the officers felt that the really glorious and heroic job of flying combat aircraft should be only done by officers.” (Inference – chief aviation pilots did not fly off aircraft carriers). Source: https://www.quora.com/During-WWII-could-chief-petty-officers-be-pilots-in-the-U-S-Navy

    Note to readers: As a reminder, this is the website/ data set that I am working from:
    https://www.naval-history.net/WW2UScasaaDB-USNbyNameM.htm
    To do a Ctrl F search of this site you need to cut and paste the link to a separate page
     
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    E -- 0 ***EAKINS, James Fleming, Jr., Ensign, USNR. Father, Mr. James F. Eakins, Sr., 638 N. 2d West, Salt Lake City (Later address: Roslyn Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif.) (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Died in Arizona, 10 Sep 1942. Source: EAKINS, JR., JAMES FLEMING (child of JAMES FLEMING EAKINS, SR.) was born 10 May 1920 in SILVERBOW, MT;; died 10 Sep 1942 in COCHISE COUNTY, ARIZONA, U.S.A.. Check Archives.com for JR., JAMES FLEMING EAKINS.

    F – 0 ***FITZPATRICK, James Francis, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, USN. Wife, Mrs. Louise M. Fitzpatrick, 1319 E. Blount St., Pensacola, Fla (na) ***NOT INCLUDED. Airplane crashed in dense jungle.
    “James was lost on June 26, 1943 when the aircraft he was aboard crashed "in dense jungle" in New Hebrides. (Information from September 1946 issue of Shipmate.)
    He was commanding officer of Fighting Squadron (VF) 27. The squadron, along with several others, were in the process of flying from New Hebrides to Guadalcanal. The squadron normally operated from USS Suwanee (CVE 27), but was based in Guadalcanal until late July while the ship was moored to a buoy in Havannah Harbor, Efate Island, New Hebrides.”
    Source: https://usnamemorialhall.org/index.php/JAMES_F._FITZPATRICK,_JR.,_LCDR,_USN

    G -- 0 ***GERBERDING, James H, LCDR, 81766, Patrol Bombing Squadron 116, Okinawa Gunto operation, June 29, 1945, (CasCode6222), dd June 30, 1946 (bp2) + GERBERDING, James Hamilton. Lt Comdr, USN. Wife, Mrs. Jeanne Graham Gerberding, 260 SW. 25th Rd., Miami, Fla (Missing in action) (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Richard Henry Gerberding). Source: https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/james-hamilton-gerberding-24-231csft

    ***GINN, James B, LTJG, Cruiser Scouting Squadron 4 Maryland (BB-46), Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, (CasCode6321) killed, body recovered, dd December 8, 1941 (bp4) + GINN, James B., Lt (jg), USN. Wife, Mrs. Harriet Peterson Ginn, 1565 Pensacola St., Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii (na) + GINN, James Blackburn, Lieutenant (jg), USN, USS Maryland, Dec 7, 1941 (ph)***NOT INCLUDED. Died in plane crash in Hawaii. “James was lost "in an air crash 10 miles west of Barbers Pt [Oahu, Hawaii]". Not carrier-based. Source: https://usnamemorialhall.org/index.php/JAMES_B._GINN,_LTJG,_USN

    ***GLADNEY, James B, ENS, O-306192, USNR, from Alabama, USS Chenango, location Pacific Ocean: North American Area, missing, date of loss September 21, 1944 (pm) + GLADNEY, James B, Ensign, O-306192, USN, from Alabama, Sep-44, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + GLADNEY, James Buford, Ensign, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Mary Frances Gladney, 1104 S. High St., columbia, Tenn (na) + GLADNEY, James B, ENSIGN, 306192, Torpedo Squadron 35 (USS Chenango), Western New Guinea operations, September 21, 1944, (CasCode122) died of wounds, dd September 21, 1944 (bp2).***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Joseph Gladney). Source: https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/119217582:6224 and https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/11143085:2238

    ***GRISWOLD, James R, Lieutenant, O-128518, USN, from Tennessee, Mar-45, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + GRISWOLD, James, Lt, USN, Franklin CV-13, March 19, 1945 (nm) + GRISWOLD, James Robert, Lieutenant, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Katherine D. Griswold, 900 Vine St., Chattanooga, Tenn (na) + GRISWOLD, James R, LT, 128518, USS Franklin (CV-13), 3rd and 5th Fleet Raids in support of Okinawa Gunto Operations, March 19, 1945, (CasCode121) killed in combat, dd March 19, 1945 (bp5). ***NOT INCLUDED. Killed on board the deck of his carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) by enemy bombs. Source: https://etvma.org/veterans/james-r-griswold-9284/
     
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    H -- 3 ***HAFF, Henry J, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-263708, USN, from Illinois, Jun-45, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + HAFF, Henry James, Lt., (jg), USNR. Wife, Mrs. Marianne Charlotte Haff, 4517 Altgeld St., Chicago, Ill (na) + HAFF, Henry J, LTJG, O-263708, USNR, from Illinois, USS Wasp (CV-18), location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss June 20, 1944 (pm) + HAFF, Henry J, LTJG, 263708, Bombing Squadron 14 (USS Wasp), Battle of Philippine Sea, June 20, 1944, (CasCode6222), dd June 21, 1945 (bp2). ***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James.
    Source: https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryu...2ce7a52d&_phsrc=Dnd173&_phstart=successSource

    HAGAN, James T, ENSIGN, 395846, Torpedo Squadron 84 (USS Bunker Hill CV-17), 3rd and 5th Fleet Raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, May 11, 1945, (CasCode121) killed in combat, dd May 11, 1945 (bp2) + HAGAN, James T, Ensign, O-395846, USN, from District of Columbia, May-45, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + HAGAN, James, Ens, USN, Bunker Hill CV-17, May 11, 1945 (nm) + HAGAN, James Thomas, Ensign, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hagan, 1921 Hamlin St., N. E, DC (na)/ b. 11 Mar 1922 High Springs Florida. Father was named James. Source: https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryu...f9d631bc&_phsrc=Dnd180&_phstart=successSource

    ???HALLOWELL, Gloyde James, Lieutenant (jg), USNR. Father, Mr. James William Hallowell, 607 E. Central St., Carthage, Mo (na)??? Not enough information.

    HAWKINS, James I, ENS, O-305999, USNR, from Virginia, USS Bunker Hill, location Philippine Islands, missing, date of loss November 13, 1944 (pm) + HAWKINS, James I, Ensign, O-305999, USN, from Virginia, November 1945 (WW2) Manila American Cemetery (bm) + HAWKINS, James Isaac, Ensign, Supply Corps, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Ina A. Hawkins, 403 Moore St., Bristol, Va (na) + HAWKINS, James I, ENSIGN, 305999, Bombing Squadron 4 (USS Bunker Hill), Air attacks on Luzon, November 13, 1944, (CasCode6222), dd November 14, 1945 (bp2)/ “November 13, 1944: Ens. James I. Hawkins and gunner ARM3c G. P. Curtice (VB-4). Plane last seen prior to pushover [start of steep dive from high altitude] on shipping in Manila Harbor. Listed MIA with no post-war reports.” Source: http://www.airgroup4.com/mia-pow.htm and https://books.google.com/books?id=ofSKMh3y1BcC&pg=PA83&lpg=PA83&dq=Ensign+"James+I.+HAWKINS"&source=bl&ots=stzGVP7qwi&sig=ACfU3U3oN1XdGSdME8bmfgx2DWTwZ5w6Xg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjis6rjnZn3AhXUk4kEHSVkCGIQ6AF6BAgTEAM#v=onepage&q=Ensign "James I. HAWKINS"&f=false

    ***HEDRICK, James P, ENS, O-363343, USNR, from Virginia, USS Intrepid (CV-11), location Philippine Islands, missing, date of loss October 29, 1944 (pm) + HEDRICK, James P, Ensign, O-363343, USN, from Virginia, Oct-45, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + HEDRICK, James Paul, Ensign, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Carolyn Olive Hedrick, 403 Albermarle Ave., SW, Roanoke, Va (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Jacob P. Hedrick). Source: https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryu...b0a4d4d0&_phsrc=Dnd244&_phstart=successSource

    ***HEMPSTED, James M, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-204668, USN, from Colorado, Feb-45, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + HEMPSTED, James, Lt(jg) USN, Bismarck Sea CVE-95, February 21, 1945 (nm) + HEMPSTED, James Milton, Lt., (jg), USN. Brother, Mr. Charles Asa Hempsted, 2205 Pine St., Boulder, Colo (na) + HEMPSTED, James M, LTJG, O-204668, USN, from Colorado, location Bonin & Volcano Islands, missing, date of loss February 21, 1945 (pm) + HEMPSTED, James M, LTJG, 204668, USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95), Iwo Jima Landing and Occupation, February 21, 1945, (CasCode6421), dd February 21, 1945 (bp4)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Asa C. Hempsted)// b. 02 Mar 1919, Boulder, CO, Source: https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryu...4d040312&_phsrc=Dnd237&_phstart=successSource

    ***HILDEBRAND, James T Jr, ENS, O-137143, USN, from Arkansas, location Alaska, missing, date of loss September 29, 1943 (pm) + HILDEBRAND, James T, Ensign, O-137143, USN, from Arkansas, Sep-43, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + HILDEBRAND, James Thomas, Jr., Ensign, USN. Wife, Mrs. Marion Aileen Hildebrand, 5546 20th St., South, Seattle, Wash (na) + HILDEBRAND, James T, Jr, ENSIGN, 137143, Patrol Squadron 41, June 28, 1942, (CasCode6222), dd September 29, 1943 (bp2)***NOT INCLUDED. Land-based seaplane.

    ???HOOD, James E, ENS, O-326428, USNR, from Missouri, location Central/South Pacific Theater, missing, date of loss February 16, 1945 (pm) + HOOD, James E, Ensign, O-326428, USN, from Missouri, Feb-45, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + HOOD, James Edgar, Ensign, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Ruby Juanita Hood, 1210 E. 23d St., North Kansas City, Mo (na) + HOOD, James E, ENSIGN, 326428, Fighting Squadron 45 (USS San Jacinto), Fifth Fleet Raids against Honshu and Nansei Shoto, February 16, 1945, (CasCode6322), dd February 16, 1945 (bp2).??? Still researching// b. about 1923, graduated North Kansas City HS, KC, MO, enlisted 1942, 4 brothers Sgt. John E. Hood, Lt., W.J. Moore, Atlantic City NJ, Edward L. Moore, Turner, Kansas, Virgil E. Moore, North Kansas City, and one sister Miss Ossie Moore, Fresno CA. Source: Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO, 25 Apr 1945, p.8. His wife Mrs. Juanita Hood. Source www.newspapers. com Kansas City Star 25 Apr 1945, p.8.

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    HUSTON, James M Jr, LTJG, O-306452, USNR, from Pennsylvania, location Central/South Pacific Theater, missing, date of loss March 3, 1945 (pm) + HUSTON, James M, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-306452, USN, from Pennsylvania, Mar-45, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + HUSTON, James McCready, Jr., Lieutenant (jg), USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. James McCready Huston, Sr., 819 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa (na) + HUSTON, James M, Jr, LTJG, 306452, Composite Squadron 81 (USS Natoma Bay), Iwo Jima assault and occupation, March 3, 1945, (CasCode122) died of wounds, dd March 3, 1945 (bp2)


    I/J -- 0 ***ISRAEL, James Lester, Lieutenant (jg), USNR. Mother, Mrs. Babette Bloch Israel, 96 Grant St., New York, NY (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Adolph Cremieux Israel). Source: https://www.geni.com/people/James-Israel/6000000007315468331

    ???JAMES, Will R Jr, ENS, O-083912, USNR, from Oklahoma, location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss April 8, 1942 (pm) + JAMES, Will R, Ensign, O-083912, USN, from Oklahoma, Apr-43, West Coast Memorial (bm) + JAMES, Will Roy, Jr., Ensign, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Barbara B. James, 46 Floral Ave., Arcadia, Calif ( na)??? Still researching. Last name James presents its own twist. War in the Pacific Timeline: https://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/pacificwar/timeline.htm#:~:text=December 8, 1941 - U.S. and,, 1941 - Japanese invade Burma. Doolittle raid on Tokyo involved two aircraft carriers Hornet and Enterprise. Departed 02 Apr 1942 from SF Bay Area, Doolittle’s B-25b raiders took off from the Hornet, bombing of Tokyo 18 Apr 1942.

    ???JUDGE, James C, ENS, O-351353, USNR, from District of Columbia, USS Wasp, location Central/South Pacific Theater, missing, date of loss October 15, 1944 (pm) + JUDGE, James C, Ensign, O-351353, USN, from District of Columbia, Oct-45, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + JUDGE, James Cabell, Ensign, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Mildred Anderson Judge, 224 Sullivan St., New York, NY (na) + JUDGE, James C, ENSIGN, 351353, Fighting Squadron 14 (USS Wasp), Air attacks on Luzon, October 15, 1944, (CasCode6222), dd October 16, 1945 (bp2)// ??? b. 06 Dec 1920, Norfolk VA. Unknown name of father. Still researching.

    K -- 0 ***KELLEY, James M, CAPA, 2123064, USN, from California, location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss December 17, 1943 (pm) + KELLEY, James M, Chief Aviation Pilot, 2123064, USN, from California, Dec-43, West Coast Memorial (bm) + KELLEY, James Mathew, Chief Aviation Pilot, USN. Wife, Mrs. Betty Josephine Kelley, 1407 E. 18th St., Bakersfield, Calif (na)***NOT INCLUDED. CAPA pilots do not take off from aircraft carriers.

    ***KELLEY, John J, 3rd, LT, 133535, USS Ticonderoga (CV-14), 3rd Fleet supporting Attacks on Formosa, January 21, 1945, (Cascode121) killed in combat, dd January 21, 1945 (bp4) + KELLEY, John J, Lieutenant, O-133535, USN, from Wisconsin, Jan-45, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + KELLEY, John, Lt, USN, Ticonderoga CV-14, January 21, 1945 (nm) + KELLEY, John James III, Lieutenant, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. John James Kelley, Jr., 1215 Graham Ave., Eau Claire, Wis (na)***NOT INCLUDED. John James the third would have made little James Leininger, James the fourth.

    ***KNIGHT, James P, Lieutenant, O-104625, USN, from New York, Apr-44, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + KNIGHT, James Percy, Lieutenant, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Craig Knight, 326 Merrill Dr., Corpus Christi, Tex (na) + KNIGHT, James P, LT, O-104625, USNR, from Pennsylvania, location New Britain Island, missing, date of loss April 29, 1944 (pm) + KNIGHT, James P, LT, 104625, Fighting Squadron 34, Bismarck Archipelago operations in support of air attacks, April 29, 1944, (CasCode122) died of wounds, dd April 29, 1944 (bp2)// ***NOT INCUDED. Father not named James (Percey Knight). Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/704313906/?terms="James P Knight"&match=1

    L -- 0 ***LEONARD, James G, Lieutenant, O-106859, USN, from Oregon, Jun-45, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + LEONARD, James Gordon, Lieutenant, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Martha Leonard, Island City, Ore (na) + LEONARD, James G, LT, O-106859, USNR, from Oregon, USS Enterprise, location Marianas Islands, missing, date of loss June 12, 1944 (pm) + LEONARD, James G, LT, 106859, Bombing Squadron 10 (USS Enterprise), Capture and occupation of Saipan, June 12, 1944, (CasCode6222), dd June 13, 1945 (bp2)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Francis Jacob Leonard). Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35355845/j.-gordon-leonard

    ***LOGAN, James Alexander, Commodore, USN. Wife, Mrs. Ruth H. Logan, 272 King George St., Annapolis, Md (na).***NOT INCUDED. Died in plane accident near Maghera, Northern Ireland. Source: https://magherafeltwardead.co.uk/persondepth.asp?cas_id=988
     
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    M -- 4 ???MARTIN, James D, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-314825, USN, from Iowa, 1946 (WW2) Manila American Cemetery (bm) + MARTIN, James D, LTJG, O-314825, USNR, from Iowa, location Borneo, missing, date of loss March 12, 1945 (pm)??? Not enough information.

    ***MAZUR, Alfred James, Chief Aviation Pilot, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Mazur, 43 McCleary Ave., Amsterdam, NY (na)***NOT INCLUDED. CAPAs (Chief Aviation Pilots) did not pilot aircraft off of carriers (only officer pilots did).

    MCCALLEN, James L Jr, LT, O-106042, USNR, from Pennsylvania, USS Hancock, location Japan, missing, date of loss October 10, 1944 (pm) + MCCALLEN, James L, Lieutenant, O-106042, USN, from Pennsylvania, Oct-45, Honolulu Memorial (bm)// MIA since 10 Oct 1944 when led a flight of bombers from USS Hancock against Okinawa. Declared dead 19 Dec 1945. Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/524009702/?terms="James L McCallen"&match=1

    ***MCCASLIN, James W, ENS, O-354655, USNR, from Texas, location Morotai, missing, date of loss February 12, 1945 (pm) + MCCASLIN, James W, Ensign, O-354655, USN, from Texas, 1946 (WW2) Manila American Cemetery (bm) + MCCASLIN, James Walter, Ensign, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Mollie McCaslin, Box 471, Chillicothe, Tex (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (John H. Mccaslin[g]). Source: https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/63484714:6224 and https://www.newspapers.com/image/774244997/?terms="James McCaslin"&match=1

    ***MCFALL, James W, Lieutenant, O-142105, USN, from Virginia, Dec-43, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + MCFALL, James W, LT, O-142105, USNR, from Virginia, location New Hebrides, missing, date of loss December 12, 1943 (pm) + MCFALL, James William, Lieutenant, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Gladys Armstrong McFall, 41 1/2 Park St., Brandon, Vt (na).***NOT INCLUDED. Chaplain, not a pilot. Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/616045993/?terms="James W McFall"&match=1

    ***MCGOVERN, James R C, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-099921, USN, from New York, Oct-42, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + MCGOVERN, James Robert Carey, Lieutenant (jg), USNR. Mother, Mrs. James P. McGovern, 8794 15th Ave., Brooklyn, NY (na) + MCGOVERN, James R, LTJG, O-099921, USNR, from New York, location New Hebrides, missing, date of loss October 15, 1942 (pm)// Lt. McGovern, a Navy flyer, missing 15 Oct 1942 Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/52688616/?terms=%22James%20Robert%20Carey%20McGovern%22&match=1 ***NOT INCLUDED. Likely affiliated with seaplane patrol based on location and timing (New Hebrides, Oct 1942).

    ***MCLENDON, James B, ENS, O-363365, USNR, from Georgia, location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss March 10, 1945 (pm) + MCLENDON, James B, Ensign, O-363365, USN, from Georgia, Mar-45, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + MCLENDON, James Barrett, Ensign, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann McLendon, 943 Boulevard, Southeast Atlanta, Ga (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Jesse M. McLendon). Source: https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryu...7fcbac90&_phsrc=Dnd313&_phstart=successSource
    b. 18 June 1923, Atlanta, Georgia.

    ???MCNALLY, Alfred J, LTJG, 349075, Naval Operating Base, Okinawa, Okinawa Gunto operations, May 3, 1945, (CasCode132), dd June 22, 1945 (bp) + MCNALLY, Alfred James, Lieutenant (jg), Supply Corps, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Perham McNally, 2421 Elm St., Billings, Mont (na)??? // b. 08 Dec 1908, in Butte, Montana. Father named James. Son also called James. James married 2 July 1934 in Butte, Montana to Elizabeth Joan Perham. Maybe too old to be a carrier pilot? Age 33 in Dec 1941.

    ***MCNULTY, James J Jr, LT, O-112761, USNR, from Illinois, location Alaska, missing, date of loss April 27, 1944 (pm) + MCNULTY, James J, Lieutenant, O-112761, USN, from Illinois, Apr-45, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + MCNULTY, James Joseph, Jr., Lt., USNR. Wife, Mrs. Marguerite Leary McNulty, 227 Sheridan Rd., Kenilworth, Ill (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Went missing on patrol duty over the Aleutians, Alaska. Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/372822516/?terms="James J McNulty"&match=1

    MCPHERSON, James H, Lieutenant Commander, O-100312, USN, from California, 1946 (WW2) Honolulu Memorial (bm) + MCPHERSON, James Houhuth, Lt. Commander, USN. Parents, Captain and Mrs. James C. McPherson, USN. 2308 Boyer Ave., Seattle, Wash (na) + MCPHERSON, James H, LTCDR, O-100312, USN, from California, location Japan, missing, date of loss August 13, 1944 [sic/ 1945] (pm). Likely shot down over Tokyo Bay, Japan. Source:
    https://usnamemorialhall.org/index.php/JAMES_H._MCPHERSON,_LCDR,_USN

    MCVEIGH, John J, ENS, O-368480, USNR, from Washington, USS Hornet, location Central/South Pacific Theater, missing, date of loss November 3, 1944 (pm) + MCVEIGH, John J, Ensign, O-368480, USN, from Washington, Nov-44, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + MCVEIGH, John James, Ens., USNR. Mother, Mrs. Alice Oberg, 608 East 2nd St., Aberdeen, Wash (na)

    MILLER, James Dorn, Lieutenant (Jg), USNR. Parents, Mr. And Mrs. James Otis Miller, Box 27, Dexter City, Ohio (na)// KIA. Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/7209611/?terms="James D. Miller"&match=1

    M cont'd in next post.
     
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    ???MILLER, James, Lt., (jg), USNR. Wife, Mrs. Betty Jeanne Miller, 1219 Haskell, Kansas City, Kans (na)???Not enough information.

    ***MILNER, Clarence J, ENS, O-329570, USNR, from Utah, location China Seas, missing, date of loss May 6, 1945 (pm) + MILNER, Clarence J, Ensign, O-329570, USN, from Utah, 1946 (WW2) Manila American Cemetery (bm) + MILNER, Clarence Jack, Ensign, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Pearl Louise Milner, 653 E. 8th South, Salt Lake City, Utah (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Francis William Milner). Source: https://www.fold3.com/memorial/529971405/clarence-j-milner

    ***MOFFITT, James, Lieutenant, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Elizabeth S. Moffitt, 1879 Broadway, San Francisco, Calif (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Died 1944 in an accident of a naval transport plane in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Source: http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-no2015090536/ and
    https://www.newspapers.com/image/458536635/?terms="James Moffitt"&match=1

    ???MURPHY, James A, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-229558, USN, from New York, Dec-44, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + MURPHY, James Augustin, Jr., Lieutenant (jg), USNR. Wife, Mrs. Anne Lincoln Murphy, 3344 Prospect Ave., Philadelphia, Pa (Later address: Washington, D. C.) (na).??? Not enough info. KIA in the Pacific. Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/172142652/?terms="Anne Lincoln Murphy"&match=1

    N -- 0 ***NEUDECK, James T, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-320815, USN, from California, 1946 (WW2), Honolulu Memorial (bm) + NEUDECK, James T, LTJG, O-320815, USNR, from California, location Marianas Islands, missing, date of loss August 13, 1946 (pm)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (George William Neudeck). Source: https://www.myheritage.com/names/james_neudeck

    P.S. Haven't forgotten about Ensign James Conners, Jr., who died in the Battle off Samar, 25 Oct 1944 (see above). Still researching.

     
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    O --2 O'DONNELL, Richard J, Lieutenant, O-106637, USN, from Ohio, Mar-44, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + O'DONNELL, Richard James, Lieutenant, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Bernard O'Donnell, 3567 Shaw Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio (na) + O'DONNELL, Richard J, LT, O-106637, USNR, from Ohio, location Solomon Islands, missing, date of loss March 22, 1944 (pm). KIA. “Missing Flyer”. Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/102709311/?terms="Richard J. O'Donnell"&match=1


    OWENS, James C Jr, LT, O-075974, USN, from California, location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss June 4, 1942 (pm) + OWENS, James C, Lieutenant, O-075974, USN, from California, Jun-43, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + OWENS, James, Lt, USN, Hornet CV-8, June 4, 1942 (nm) + OWENS, James Charles, Jr., Lieutenant, USN. Wife, Mrs. Helen Maxie Owens, 1446 Belfast Dr., Los Angeles, Calif (na)

    “Japanese carrier-based planes were reported headed for Midway in the early morning of 4 June.[23] Hornet, Yorktown, and Enterprise launched aircraft, just as the Japanese carriers struck their planes below to prepare for a second attack on Midway.[24] Hornet dive bombers followed an incorrect heading and did not find the enemy fleet. Several bombers and all of the escorting fighters were forced to ditch when they ran out of fuel attempting to return to the ship; 15 torpedo bombers of Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8) found the Japanese ships and attacked. They were met by overwhelming fighter opposition about eight nautical miles (9 mi; 15 km) out, and with no escorts to protect them, they were shot down one by one. Ensign George H. Gay, USNR, was the only survivor of 30 men.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Hornet_(CV-8)#Battle_of_Midway,_June_1942

    Lt. James C. Owens, Jr. was a member of Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8) shot down one by one by Japanese carrier-based fighters in the Battle of Midway, June 1942:
    https://www.history.navy.mil/our-co...s-people/w/waldron-john-charles/nh-93595.html

    Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8) at the Battle of Midway, 4 June 1942:

     
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    P -- 1 ***PARKER, James C, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-146115, USN, from Tennessee, 1946 (WW2), Manila American Cemetery (bm) + PARKER, James Curtis, Lieutenant (jg), Supply Corps, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Curtis Parker, 2815 McCalla Ave., Knoxville, Tenn (na) + PARKER, James C, LTJG, O-146115, USNR, from Tennessee, location Caroline Islands, missing, date of loss March 9, 1944 (pm) // “Missing in plane flight while in the performance of his duty” . ***NOT INCLUDED. Apparently not killed in action. Probably not a result of enemy actions. Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/586640533/?terms="James Curtis Parker"&match=1
    “He was a bomber pilot”. Declared dead Feb 1946. Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/772877824/?terms="James Curtis Parker"&match=1

    PATTERSON, James Franklin, Lieutenant Commander, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Evelyn H. Patterson, Box 814, Maricopa, Calif (na)//
    Missing in the Pacific. April 1945. Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/1663978/?terms="James F. Patterson"&match=1
    b. about 1918. Taft Union H.S. Taft, CA. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryu...98411b9b&_phsrc=Dnd354&_phstart=successSource

    ***PETERSON, Frank James, Lieutenant Commander, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Edmund Peterson, 653 N. 2d St., Lykens, Pa (na)// ***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Frank H. Peterson). http://www.dvrbs.com/monuments/collingswood/CollsWW2-FrankJamesPetersen.htm

    ***POINTER, James Cecil, Ensign, USNR. Sister, Miss Virginia Louise Pointer, Blanch, NC (na)***NOT INCLUDED. Father not named James (Willie W. Pointer). https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryu...a048d962&_phsrc=Dnd366&_phstart=successSource

    ???POWERS, John J, Lieutenant, O-074968, USN, from New York, May-43, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + POWERS, John, Lt, USN, Yorktown CV-5, May 8, 1942 (nm) + POWERS, John James, Lieutenant, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Powers, 222 Seaman Ave., New York, NY (na) + POWERS, John J, LT, O-074968, USN, from New York, location Coral Sea, missing, date of loss May 8, 1942 (pm). ??? Both father and son known as “John” not James in 1920 US census.
    https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryu...63064782&_phsrc=Dnd378&_phstart=successSource

    “John J. Powers was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished and conspicuous gallantry while serving as a Pilot with Bombing Squadron Five (VB-5) at the Battle of the Coral Sea against the Japanese during 4-8 May 1942. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.” Source: https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-106000/NH-106426.html#:~:text=Navy, page 245.-,John J.,History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    John James Powers was born on 3 July 1912 in New York City, New York. He was appointed to the Naval Academy from that state and graduated an Ensign in 1935. For sea duty, he reported to USS West Virginia and transferred two years later to USS Augusta. In June 1938, . . . At the Battle of the Coral Sea from 4 to 7 May 1942, Powers led his squadron in five engagements against Japanese forces. On three missions on 4 May, he successfully hit targets at or near Tulagi. On 7 May, he led his attack section of three Douglas "Dauntless" dive bombers and succeeded to sink the Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho. Dangerously diving to attack the Japanese aircraft carrier Shokaku the following day, he was caught within the explosion of shell and bomb fragments from the carrier and crashed. . . .
    https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/OnlineLibrary/photos/pers-us/uspers-p/j-powers.htm

    Q -- 0 ***QUINN, James E, Lieutenant Junior Grade, O-166821, USN, from Florida, Nov-44, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + QUINN, James, Lt(jg), USN, Liscome Bay CVE-56, November 24, 1943 (nm) + QUINN, James Edward, Lt., (jg), USNR. Wife, Mrs. Betty Eileen Quinn, 4128 SW 13th Terrace, Coral Gables, Miami, Fla (na) + QUINN, James E, LTJG, O-166821, USNR, from Florida, location Pacific Ocean, missing, date of loss November 24, 1943 (pm).***NOT INCLUDED. Escort carrier sunk by a Japanese submarine near the Gilbert Islands (not shot down by the Japanese). Source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/617623317/?terms="James E. Quinn"&match=1 and https://www.history.navy.mil/conten...-up-close/the-sinking-of-uss-liscome-bay.html
     
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    Re-posting post #25 to get new-comers up to speed:

    In Sudduth's 2021 paper (JSE 35(4) "The James Leininger case re-examined" p.1001, Sudduth makes the following concessions about little James's "early bird" claims. James claimed that:

    1) He was a pilot. 2) He flew a plane off a boat. 3) The Japanese shot his plane down. 4) His plane crashed and sank in the water.

    Sudduth leaves out one notable claim, however, which can be used to identify the downed pilot, namely "I am James 3" "I am the third James."

    Sudduth dismisses this claim on the grounds that James started signing his artwork just after his third birthday. Little James was just including his age in his artwork. But what do we do with James's statement "I am the third James."? If one takes this as a key identifying marker (if his past-life personality's name was "James", and by reason of the inclusion of "third" we have grounds to believe his past-life personality was a "junior" ie., the second James, James "2", claim 5) I am the third James would translate to My name was James, junior or My father's name was James, too.

    It seems to me, ignoring EVERYTHING else about this case, that one could identify the dead pilot based on the above 5 claims alone.

    Claims 1 and 2: He was a pilot who flew off a boat would imply that he was an American or possibly British Navy or Marine officer who flew aircraft off aircraft carriers.
    Claims 3: He was shot down by the Japanese would imply that he was a WW2 pilot serving in the Pacific theater when he was killed in combat.
    Claim 4: His plane crashed in the water after it was shot down by the Japanese would imply that he went down in the Pacific Ocean.
    and Claim 5: He was James 3, the third James, would imply that his name was James _____, jr or that his father was also named James.

    Couldn't one with complete lists of WW2 American and British aircraft carrier war dead come up with one and only one name using a process of elimination? How many American or British (or Australian) Navy or Marine officer pilots who were named James, jr. , who flew planes off aircraft carriers, were shot down by the Japanese in WW2? There couldn't be many, maybe only one. I'm not saying that I volunteer to undertake such a search. Just putting it out there as a possible way to unambiguously identify James's past-life personality by circumventing all the flak that Prof Sudduth throws up at this case.
     
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    Personally I'm not at all disconcerted by Sudduth's views. But more practically, there was due to be a serious response in a later article. I assume it is not published yet.

    From your earlier post:
     

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