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James Stinsman

Staff Sergeant, 
U.S. Army Air Forces

32077443

535th Bomber Squadron,
381st Bomber Group, Heavy

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: October 8, 1943
Buried at: Plot B Row 19 Grave 11
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart


STAFF SERGEANT JAMES STINSMAN was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stinsman. He attended Gloucester High School in Gloucester City NJ, and worked at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in neighboring Camden prior to being indicted into the Army in August of 1942.

After qualifying for flight duty and trained in aerial gunnery, James Stinsman served with the 535th Bomber Squadron, 381st Bomber Group, Heavy as the right waist-gunner on the B-17F nicknamed Ron-Chee. He was lost with the rest of his 10 man crew and six other aircraft on a mission to bomb to the submarine and ship building yards of Bremen, Germany on October 19, 1943.  Bombing results were reported as unobserved, though all aircraft dropped their bombs within the target.  The returning airmen told of the stiff fighter opposition encountered along the way and the heavy flak thrown up at the formations. Sergeant Stinsman was initially listed as missing in action, his body was later recovered. His death was reported in the evening edition of the March 3, 1944 Camden Courier-Post.

James Stinsman was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stinsman of 500 Salem Avenue, Gloucester City NJ, and a brother who was serving overseas at the time.


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