A Final Flight

JE Diamond AFIt is with great sadness that we announce that Jim Diamond, the B-47 Association’s longtime Webmaster passed away on 3 July 2014 after a short battle with cancer. Jim, a retired Master Sergeant served his country and from the very early days of the B-47 Association served on its Board of Directors. He also served as the President of the 40th until his untimely death. In honor of his service the B-47 Association Board of Directors has made a contribution to the Strategic Air and Space Museum toward the refurbishment of their B-47 and a brick reading “MSGT JIM DIAMOND, 40BW C/CHIEF, B-47 ASSOC BOARD” will be placed in the memorial plaza at the museum.

9 thoughts on “A Final Flight”

  1. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing,he will be greatly missed, our thoughts and prayer’s go out to him and his family. Member of the B-47 Association. Gerald Allen, Louisville, Kentucky.

  2. To the family of Jim Diamond. Please accept the condolences of the many who viewed this website over the years. Jim did a wonderful job keeping the site up and running as well to communicate his knowledge and experiences. Rest in Peace Jim.

  3. MSGT Jim Diamond will be missed, he did a good job for the association. Jim was stationed at Brize-Norton AB when I did several Reflex tours out of Plattsburgh AFB in the 1960’s.

  4. Though we never met, just corresponded over the years, I counted Jim as a good friend, among others. This news comes as a jarring shock. One kind of expects people to hang around a bit more, to just be there, to write to and get a reply, to answer a phone call. But reality is reality. So sorry. He performed creative wonders for the Association and website. My sympathy to his family and friends, and USAF buddies.

    Alec in Australia, distant but near.

  5. Very sorry to hear of Jims passing. To Jims family I send my love and prayers. I knew Jim Diamond and the Diamond family from Freeman, Mo. most of my childhood and through our High School years. Jim graduated from Freeman H.S. ahead of me, but his brother Richard and I were in the same class and graduated in 1956. Richard would tell me of his brother Jims experiences in the USAF. So in the summer of 1956 I to joined the USAF. Jim and I had similar paths in the Air Force, he with the B-47 Bombers and I with KC-97 Air Refueling Tankers. I’m sure our paths crossed many times during our SAC years. We found each other on his B-47 wed-site a few years ago and I met him and his family at Richards funeral. A Great Gentleman and Veteran has taken his last flight. May God Bless and Keep Him.

  6. My condolences to Jims’ family. He was a true friend who will be greatly missed to all who knew him and this organization. Jim was the driving force behind my ‘gear up’ landing story.
    Rest in peace Buddy.

    Don Foster

  7. Thanks, Jim, for a terrific job. You’ve made one of the few sites I’ve visited every day for years.
    509th BW, 1956 – 1966

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