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Robert L. Hopkin's Crew. Back row: (L-R) S/Sgt. James F. Hochadel-Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt. Raymond A. Vicha-Waist Gunner, S/Sgt. William J. Germiller-Engineer/Gunner, S/Sgt. Roy E. Nutter-Waist gunner, T/Sgt. Raymond Gibeau-Radio Operator/Gunner. Front row: (L-R) Capt. Meyer C. Wagner-Squadron Operations, 2nd Lt. Ed Jordan -was Hopkins' usual Co-pilot but on this mission (to Ruhlang, Germany) he flew in Tail Gunner location to relay observations to Maj. Simeral, 1st Lt. Robert L. Hopkins-Pilot, Maj. Robert K. Simeral-398th Group Operations (flew in Co-pilot seat), Capt. Carlton C. Moore-Squadron Bombardier, 1st Lt. Vonnerlin Wernecke-Navigator. Photo was taken on 28th May, 1944.



  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 603rd Bomb Squadron


  • William Germiller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner
    Hit by flak 8 Aug 1944 over Bretteville LeRabet, France

  • Raymond Gibeau

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Hit by flak over Bretteville, LeRabet, France 8 Aug 1944

  • James Hochadel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Hit by flak 8 Aug 1944 over Bretteville LeRabet, France

  • Robert Hopkins

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Hit by flak over target of Bretteville LeRabet, France 8 Aug 1944

  • Edward Jordan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Carleton Moore

    Military | Captain | Bombardier
    Assigned to 603BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Cologne mission 15-Oct-44; Crashed 1000yds from end of runway near Anstey Church, bomb load exploded on impact. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 15229 Awards: PH.

  • Roy Nutter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner

  • Robert Simeral

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    July 4, 1944 on mission to Tours, FR in B-17#42-107114 when engine trouble led to an out of control fire over the Channel. Crew returned to England releasing bombs in a field in Sussex. Crew bailed out. 10 RTD DFC in 23 April 1945

  • Raymond Vicha

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner

  • Meyer Wagner

    Military | Major | Flight Commanding Officer Squadron Operations
    Hit by flak 8 Aug 1944 over target, Bretteville, LeRabet, France. Returned to England 4 Sept 1944 from Missing in Action (MIA) status.

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  • Nuthampstead

    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...


Date Contributor Update
13 September 2016 14:30:07 emma simpson Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

398th Bomb Group Collection via Nuthampstead Airfield Museum.