Richard S. Hosman Crew
398th BG - 601st BS
Standing Left to Right: Richard S. Hosman (P), Roland D. Mundhenke (CP), Donald J. Coffee (N), Walter P. James (B)
Kneeling Left to Right: Floyd R. Aaron (FE), Jerauld N. Clements (R/O), William H. Brown (WG), Frederick W. Hinze (WG), Theodore P. Blank (TG), Leon R. Kershaw (BTG)
B-17G-60-BO #42-102854 "Arkansas Rambler" 222nd CCTS - Ardmore, OK
The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner
Missing in Action (MIA) 13 April 1945 Neugmunster, Germany.
Bombs from one of our planes in the formation exploded in mid-air after release and damaged this aircraft.
Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator; Radar Navigator
Missions from October 1944 to May 1945.
Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner
Military | Captain | Pilot
Col. USAF Ret.
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Lead Bombardier; Navigator
Air Medal; DFC both with Oak Leaf Cluster's
Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 10/4/44; Ardmore 25/4/44; used by 452BG in training; 222 BU Ardmore 22/1/45; 332 BU Ardmore 16/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 24/8/45.
Military site : airfield
Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...