New England Air Museum
James David Garcia

 

Recent Address:

Idalia, CO

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: James and Ethel; Wife: Betty

Hometown:

Del Norte, CO

Date Entered Service:

June 1939

Service Number:

O-022069

Bomb Group:

40th

Squadron:

25th

Location of Unit:

Puerto Rico; India

Missions Flown:

11 missions over India; He used his wife's name, "Betty", as the signal for "bombs away" on the historic first B-29 mission, the Yawata strike of June 15th 1944.

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Awards/Decorations:

Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart; Air Medal.  The Purple Heart was received for knife wounds received while escaping after being kidnapped by a spy ring in Calcutta, India

Service Schools Attended:

West Point - 1939 graduate; Kelly Air Field - 1940

Military Specialty(ies):

Chief Intelligence Officer

Rank Upon Discharge:

Colonel

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Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

 

Comments:

Colonel Garcia died in a plane crash on August 23rd 1945.  The tragic accident which took Colonel Garcia's life occurred only a few days before he was to have been returned to the U.S. after having been overseas 45 months since 1941. He was killed with three other persons when their B-29 stalled just off the ground in a routine check flight takeoff from Harmon Field on Guam.

He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI

 


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