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James Nicholas Hentges

Military

F/O James (Jim) N. Hentges (USAAF) WWII Veteran and POW.
My grandfather enlisted on 11 DEC 1942, at age 18 years, 2 days and was assigned to the Army Air Corp.

He completed his preliminary training at the Santa Ana Army Air Base - in his hometown of Santa Ana, Orange County, CA.

He was assigned to the 8th Air Force 02 Oct 1944. He was stationed at #138 Snetterton Heath Airfield. (BX-A), 96th BG (H), 339th BS, 3rd div, 45th CBW. European Theatre.

He did 7 missions, I have documented 5 so far.
1) (10?) NOV 1944
Possibly Weisbaden, Ger.
2) (15?) NOV 1944
Possibly Merseberg, Ger.
3) Mission 720 (21/11/44)
Onsabrock, Germany
#43-37647
4) Mission 723 (25/11/44)
Merseberg, Germany
#42-97971
5) Mission 725 (26/11/44)
Hamm, Germany
#42-97939
6) Mission 736 (04/12/44)
Mainz, Germany
#42-97939
7) Mission 738 (05/12/44)
Berlin, Germany
#43-38644
“Green Weenie”
(MACR 11343)
Aircraft was hit by flak and enemy fire from 3 ME 109’s and went down near Berlin, SE of Parchim, Germany. All 10 Crew bailed out, escaped serious injury and were captured by Germans. POW’s - StagLuft I - North 3 Camp. Liberated by the Russians (30/04/45)
Jim came back to the states, married my grandmother, Helen Louise (Mitchell) St. Clair, a single mother. He raised her son Michael (my father) as his own and lived a quiet life. They had no children together.

My father said he only spoke to him once about his time as a POW and my cousin said he would get upset if asked about it.
I was only 8 years old when he died, too young to ask about his military service.

I am piecing together what I can now, and have found myself emotionally attached to this part of our world’s history.
The lives lost, too many. All for our Freedom.
The stories read, aren’t just stories, they were Real Life to someone.
That part is very hard for me to wrap my head around.

Before you do anything, any thing in this life, think about those who fought and didn’t come home. And to those who were lucky enough to make it home, thank them.
Thank every veteran you come in contact with for their service, for they are the reasons we are able to live our lives, make our own choices, and live it FREELY!
NEVER forget that.

I personally want to thank each and every service member living and past for your service, for my freedom and my family’s freedom.
Sent with Love, Respect, Prayers and a Big Hug!
God Bless You, Thank You.

Service

People

  • James Dickenson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Parchim on 5 Dec 44 in B-17 'Green Weenie' #4338644

  • Edgar Eggen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Parchim in B-17 'Green Weenie' #4338644 on 5 Dec 44

  • Ira Halverson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near parchim on 5 Dec 44 in B-17 'Green Weenie' #4338644

  • Lester Holmgren

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Parchim on 5 Dec 44 in B-17 'Green Weenie' #4338644

  • James March

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Parchim on 5 Dec 44 in B-17 'Green Weenie' #4338644

  • Francis McCormick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Parchim on 5 Dec 44 in B-17 'Green Weenie' #4338644

  • Eugene Mench

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed on 5 Dec 44 near Parchim in B-17 'Green Weenie' #4338644

  • David Monroe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Parchim on 5 Dec 44 in B-17 'Green Weenie' #4338644 POW

  • Jack Spadafino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Parchim on 5 Dec 44 in B-17 'Green Weenie' #4338644

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-97939

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/4/44; Cheyenne 1/5/44; Kearney 26/5/44; Dow Fd 6/6/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-B] Snetterton 7/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 11/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 42-97971

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 19/4/44; Hunter 30/5/44; Grenier 18/6/44; Assigned (H2X) 482BG Alconbury 19/6/44; transferred 339BS/96BG [QJ-X] Snetterton 20/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 2/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 43-37647

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/5/44; Hunter 21/5/44; Dow Fd 9/6/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-F] Snetterton 12/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 29/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 2/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-38644 Green Weenie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/8/44; Hunter 15/9/44; Grenier 22/9/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-A] Snetterton 23/9/44; Missing in Action Berlin 5/12/44 with Munroe David, Co-pilot: Gene Mench, Navigator: Ira Halverson, Bombardier: Jim Hantges, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • 720

    21 November 1944

  • 723

    25 November 1944

  • 725

    26 November 1944

  • 736

    4 December 1944

  • 738

    5 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Snetterton

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 9 December 1923

Born in LeMars, Iowa, USA

Prisoner of War (POW) Stag Luft I (POW) North 3 Camp - Germany 5 December 1944 – April 1945

POW crashed near Parchim on 5 Dec 44 in B-17 'Green Weenie' #4338644, MIA 05/12/1944, MACR #11343

Died 15 June 1980

At Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA of complications from Lung Cancer.

Buried 18 June 1980

Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2019 22:52:48 Mwatson72 Changes to biography and events
Sources

MACR 11343 -Mission 738
Loading Lists for Missions
720, 723, 725, 736
Enlistment Papers
POW File
Family and my own research, his granddaughter.

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2019 22:33:26 Mwatson72 Changes to biography, events and person associations
Sources

MACR 11343

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2019 22:09:12 Mwatson72 Changes to unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Loading Lists for Missions:
720, 723, 735, 736
MACR 11343 - Mission 738

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2019 21:29:07 Mwatson72 Changes to middlename
Sources

I am his granddaughter.
Have MACR and his Birth Certificate

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2019 08:12:49 Mwatson72 Changes to service number
Sources

MACR: # 11343

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2019 17:50:10 Mwatson72 Changes to surname, middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

Eighth Air Force Operations History Website. MACR #11343. American Air Museum Website.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11343 / MACR 11343, Snetterton Falcons, pg 218 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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