Sgt. James Raley rode the tail section of B17F - tail 42-3098 to the ground. Severed in a mid-air collision with another B17 returning on a bombing mission from Cerignola, Italy to the Greek port of Piraeus in heavy clouds. 11 January, 1944. He was the only survivor from his aircraft, nicknamed “Skippy”. 301st Bomb Group, 353rd Bomb Squadron. He fluttered to earth and landed in clump of trees. A total of 7 aircraft lost with 44 men. Sgt. Raley landed near Patrai, Greece.