WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2018 — Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. James R. Lord, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 25, 2018.
On Aug. 10, 1944, Lord, a member of the 66th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group, 12th Tactical Air Command, 12th Air Force, was piloting a P-47D aircraft, targeting gun positions in the Savona area of northwest Italy, near the French border. During the mission, Lord misjudged his altitude and crashed into the water, a mile off the coast of Anghione, Corsica. No witnesses reported seeing any parachute sightings.
DPAA is grateful to Mr. Franck Allegrini-Semollini and Mr. Marc-Francois Casanova of AMIS 57th Bomb Wing Group, Mr. Philippe Castellano, Mr. Stephan le Gallais, the French Ministry of Culture (DRASSM), the French Navy, the Sainte Anne Army Instructional Hospital of Toulon, the U.S. Army Mortuary Affairs Activity Europe/Africa, and the U.S. Consulate General Marseille for their partnerships in this recovery.
Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.
Lord’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Impruneta, Italy, along with the others missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.