2/Lt. James Ragsdale McCutcheon

(D. McCutcheon)

2/Lt. James Ragsdale McCutcheon

338th FS - 03 August 1944 - 12 August 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D 44-13744

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
207 12 August 1944 Railroad Rodeo Metz, France
Air Scores
Ground Scores

From Texas
ASN - O-708720
Known as 'Big Stoop', or 'Jim'
03 August 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
12 August 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 07770
Capt. Lanoy D. Anderson reported: "Lt. McCutcheon was flying No.2 position on my wing.  The flight was carrying two 500lb. bombs against targets of rail transportation.  My flight selected a marshalling yard at Ars, France with 25 to 30 oil tank cars and miscellaneous stock.  We started the bomb pass from 7,000 feet parallel with the tracks from north to south.  I recovered from the bottom of my dive at 2,500 feet, broke sharply to the left and up, and then back to the right.  Lt. McCutcheon followed me down on the dive, but I nor my three and four man saw him after that.  He was not seen to crash in the vicinity of our target and it was assumed that he finished bombing and started strafing targets of his own.  In endeavouring to reassemble the flights, I called to him twice receiving no reply.  As there was quite a bit of R/T conversation at the time, I believe he had become confused and just failed to answer. On course back home he was called again and was then definitely known to be missing, cause is unknown as is the place.

German report J 1950 stated aircraft 99% destroyed, downed by antiaircraft, pilot dead, 1 km east of Revigny, south of Ornain.  Lt. McCutcheon buried in Revigny Cemetery.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

Lt. Jim Ragsdale McCutcheon was from Victoria County, Texas.  He is buried at Plot B, Row 25, Grave 61, Epinal American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Dinoze, France.

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