"Brig. General James P. Hodges, Washington, D.C., commanding officer of an air force unit, congratulates Capt. W. Stewart, Salt Lake City, Utah, pilot of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber Bomerang while the crew looks on. The Bomerang completed 53 Missions against the Nazis and is due for a trip to the United states. 4 April 1944."
93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...
Military | Major General | Commanding General
Major General James P Hodges served as Commanding General of the 2nd Air Division from 13 September 1942 to 1 August 1944. He retired 30 September 1951.
His son, James P Hodges II, served as a fighter pilot with the 56th Fighter Group.
Military | Colonel | Pilot
In 1941, Stewart was a 24 year-old, U.S. Army Air Force cadet at the University of Utah. "We were pulling guns around with horses as a plane flew overhead. Jack Adamson, who had been my mission companion, said to me, `There's a war coming.' Later that...
B-24D serial 41-23722 'Bomerang' (coded GO-C) of the 328th BS, 93rd BG. Survivor of the first raid on the Ploesti oil refinery complex. Returned safely to Libya. First 8th AF Liberator to complete 50 missions. After completing 53 missions, was flown...