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J. D. "Jack" Hamner (Tail Gunner), far left, and crew with 883 "The Jub Jub Bird".
According to transcribed 401st Dailies, he and his crew flew 8 of his 30 missions in 883 from 26 March 44 to 27 May 44.
The crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais, France was: Lts. R. J. Griesbach, C. R. Peck, J. R. Simonson, J. R. Piland, T/Sgts. E. J. Viskocil, R. G. Hartford, S/Sgts. R. E. Rigaud, J. D. Hamner, H. V. Lane, H. R. Small.

Back Row - Left to Right

S/Sgt. John "Jack" D. Hamner, Tailgunner; J.H. Piland, Bombardier; 2nd Lt. Roy Griesbach, Pilot; J.R. Simonson, Navigator; 2nd Lt. Charles R. Peck, Co-pilot; R.E. Riguad, Ball Turret Gunner

Front Row - Left to Right

H.R. Small, Right Waist Gunner; E.J. Viskocil, Top Turret Gunner; R.G. Harford, Radio Operator; Harry Lane, Left Waist Gunner

Connections

Units

People

  • Roy Griesbach

    Military | Lieutenant
    Pilot of the crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais aboard the Jub Jub Bird ...

  • John Hamner

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B-17 AG (Tail gunner)
    "Jack" Hamner served as a tail gunner with the 401st Bomb Squadron, of the 91st Bomb Group out of Bassingbourn, England. He flew 30 missions from 5 Jan 44 to 27 May 44. Eight of those missions were in "The Jub Jub Bird" (aircraft 42-31883) as confirmed...

  • R Harford

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Part of the Griesbach crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais aboard the jub Jub Bird ...

  • Harry Lane

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Part of the Griesbach crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais aboard the jub Jub Bird ...

  • Charles Peck

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Part of the Griesbach crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais aboard the jub Jub Bird ...

  • J Piland

    Military | Bombardier
    Part of the crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais aboard the Jub Jub Bird ...

  • R Rigaud

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Part of the Griesbach crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais aboard the jub Jub Bird ...

  • J Simonson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Part of the crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais aboard the Jub Jub Bird ...

  • H Small

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Part of the Griesbach crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais aboard the jub Jub Bird ...

  • E Viskocil

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer /Top Turret Gunner
    Part of the Griesbach crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais aboard the jub Jub Bird ...

Aircraft

  • 42-31883 The Jub Jub Bird

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/12/43; Casper 4/1/44; Denver 4/2/44; Kearney 12/2/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-Y] Bassingbourn 22/3/44; Missing in Action 69m Merseburg 2/11/44 with Pilot: Herb Chouinard, Navigator: Dan DuBonis, Bombardier: Jim Hundley, Flight...

Locations

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2018 21:36:34 RayWells Changes to caption
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/crewphotos/jub_jub_bird_crew.html?fbclid=Iw...

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2017 17:08:05 WillieK Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Linked to 401st BS (Groups) and Bassingbourn (Places)

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2017 16:26:26 WillieK Changes to caption
Sources

Updated to reflect total missions and dates by William Kramer using 401st Daily Reports.

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2017 02:48:23 WillieK Created entry with caption and aircraft associations
Sources

My Uncle Jack's personal collection.

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