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James Fager was born 20 August 1923 in Minneapolis. After high school he entered the US Army Air Corps. By late 1944, James had completed training stateside as a tail gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress four-engine heavy bomber, and was stationed in England at Polebrook Airfield, with the 8th Air Force, 351st Bomb Group, 509th Bomb Squadron. While flying his thirteenth mission, on 17 January 1945, James' plane was shot down; the crippled B-17 crash landed in a frozen field near the Dutch-German border. Over the next three and a half months, James spent time at the Dulag Luft interrogation facility, a transit camp by Nuremberg, and on a forced march, before ending up at the overcrowded Moosburg VII-A camp in Bavaria. This camp was liberated on 29 April 1945. James returned to the United States and was discharged in late 1945. He was married in 1948 (wife Myrna) and the couple had two children. James had a career as a carpenter.
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Saylor, Thomas, "Oral History Project World War II Years, 1941-1946 - James Fager" (2005). Oral History Project: World War II Years, 1941-1946. 21.