Cpl. James H. Segrest, ASN 34845263

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 9th Bomb Squadron

Gunner / Photographer - Howser Crew

KILLED IN ACTION 21 JAN 45, Pandaveswar, India

(Images/Info Courtesy of Walt Webb)

As a WWII Army draftee, Sgt. Segrest originally was assigned to Signal Corps training in communications and photography at Camp Crowder, MO. In June 1944, at Will Rogers Field, OK, he replaced the Nathan Margolies crew's photographer Sgt. Charles L. Hux, who was released to be with his wife; she was having a difficult childbirth. Overseas in India with the 7th Bomb Group's 9th Bomb Squadron, Sgt. Segrest was taken off the Margolies crew and reassigned as a floating gunner-photographer for other crews as needed. For a Jan. 21, 1945, mission, James volunteered to replace a photographer on the Roy Howser crew. The Group mission was to attack an enemy camp area on Burma's Ramree Island in support of the British invasion of the island. But Lt. Howser, new to the squadron and inexperienced in night takeoffs, struck a small hill a mile from the end of the runway. The B-24J exploded, killing all on board. James was 21.

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