altman Crew

Information courtesy of Chris Ames, son of Jay W. Ames

Altman crew, 710th
Rattlesden, undated

Standing L-R: 
Lt Jay W. Ames 
Sgt Charles H. Aldridge
Lt Herbert S. Altman
Lt Frank T. Hocking
Sgt Marvin H. Handley
Lt L W. McFarland
Kneeling L-R: 
Sgt Malcom C. Campman
Sgt Rex L. Jones
Sgt John J. Dow
Sgt William M. Simington

Station 126, Rattlesden AAF, Suffolk, EnglandAltman Crew

Operational Missions
447th BG

Mission no. Target Date Duration
72 Konigsburg, Oil depot, Germany 28 May, 1944 8:30
74 St. Pol-Siracourt, Gun emplacements, France 30 May, 1944 4:45
75 Hamm, Marshalling Yards, Germany 31 May, 1944 6:45
79 Wissant, three 150mm Coastal guns, France 4 June, 1944 5:00
82 or 83? D-Day, Targets north of Caen, France 6 June, 1944 7:00
84 D-Day, Argentan, France 6 June, 1944 6:30
85 Nantes, France 7 June, 1944 9:30
87 Le Touquet, Airfield, France 11 June, 1944 5:15
88 Conches, Railroad targets, France 12 June, 1944 6:00
91 Misburg, Oil refinery, Germany 18 June, 1944 8:00
94 Berlin, Germany Ames wounded by flak 21 June, 1944 9:30
106 Munich Landed in Dubendorf, Switzerland 11 July 1944 4:45

On 11 July 1944, as they took off on a mission to Munich in aircraft 42-102651, Piccadilly Ann II, the crew included bombardier replacement James Walker Davidson from Ohio and tail gunner Fritz Jost from South Dakota. During the mission, they were hit by flak and subsequently landed at Dubendorf, Switzerland. Landing time was 1223 hours. The 10 member crew and aircraft were interned. The following picture is of the Piccadilly Ann II on the ground at Dubendorf.


F/O McFarland and navigator, 2nd Lt. Frank T. Hockings escaped back to England.

Picadilly Ann II

Jay W. Ames was the bombadier of the Altman crew in the 710th BS. The first 11 mission on his Operational Missions card were flown with the Altman crew. Jay was wounded on 21 June 44 (his 11th mission) did not fly with Altman after that date.

The following files have to do with Lt. Ames service with the 447th.

Jay Walter Ames Chronology of Service

Special Orders: Jan. 06 1944, Jan. 12 1944, Mar. 27 1944, May 12 1944

Operational Missions: Nov. 02 1944

Operational Orders: April 19, 1944