Huston, James McCready, Jr., LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 131X, VC-81
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
South Bend, IN
Last Address
Bryn Mawr, PA

Casualty Date
Mar 03, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

The 16th day at Iwo Jima for VC-81 and the USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62), 3 Mar. 1945, was eventful. It opened with a strike on a reported concentration of large enemy transports at Chichi Jima. Eight FM-2' s from this squadron participated in the attack. They made three attacks; on the first firing rockets at the shipping and on the second and third attacking AA positions to protect the torpedo bombers which were following. The shipping was identified as one medium transport vessel and small FTC class freighters. Damage was observed. On the first attack as the fighters were retiring toward the entrance to Futami Harbor, The FM-2 piloted by Lt.(jg) Huston was apparently hit by AA fire. The plane went into a 45 degree dive and crashed into the water just inside the harbor. It exploded on impact and there was no survivor or wreckage afloat. His nody was not recovered and he was later declared dead.
He was described as one of the squadron's better pilots. He was quiet and unassuming, always alert and his keen eyes tally-hoed everything within sight. He was always the first to sight aircraft and shipping; he tally-hoed the only submarine sighted by the squadron. He was credited with the destruction of four airborne enemy aircraft.

Service number: 306435
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAS Glenview ILSchool Assignments - StaffVC-81US Navy
  1943-1943, 131X, NAS Glenview IL
  1943-1943, 131X, Advance Flight Training, NAS Corpus Cristi
  1943-1945, 131X, VC-81
  1944-1945, 131X, USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Los Negros
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
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  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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