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John F Hobgood


Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed at Ludwigshafen in B-17 43-38323. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8597.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.



  • John Newton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to IG Farben Plant, Ludwigshafen. Received direct flak hit in the cockpit of B-17 43-38323 and another on #1 engine, entire nose section , left wing and #1 engine...

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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron
  • 8th Air Force


  • 42-102411

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 1/3/44; Hunter 21/3/44; Grenier 10/4/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Y/P] Molesworth 30/4/44; battle damaged Berlin 18/3/45 with ?; force landed continent; Salvaged 28/3/45. MISS LACE.

  • 43-38323

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/7/44; Kearney 30/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-P] Molesworth 16/8/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 9/9/44 with John Newton, Co-pilot: Frank Mowatt, Navigator: George Langerd, Bombardier: Chas Miller, Flight engineer...


  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Lubbock County, TX, USA 6 October 1920
Lived in Texas, USA 1941
Enlisted Lubbock County, TX, USA 16 September 1942
Based Molesworth 1944 – 9 September 1944

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Ludwigshafen, Germany 9 September 1944

Crashed at Ludwigshafen in B-17 43-38323. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8597

Buried Lubbock, TX, USA 1946

City of Lubbock Cemetery
Lubbock County


Date Contributor Update
27 February 2017 22:13:35 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:00 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8597 / MACR 8597,>> roster / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database