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John Paul Hurdle


Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5264.

Awards: AM (4 OLC), PH.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30793 'Tom Paine'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Named Tom Paine after a famous soldier who served in the American Army during the War of Independence after the airmen of the 562nd after they found out that he had been born in the nearby town of Thetford. Was chosen to promote Anglo-American co...

  • 42-31741 Thunderbolt/Hi Fever

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 14/1/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/1/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Capt Jim Zengerle, Co-pilot: Albt Millin, Navigator: Walt Travis, Bombardier: Capt Wayne Barnett,...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Marshall County, MS, USA 23 May 1917
Lived in Holly Springs, MS 38635, USA 1941
Based Knettishall 1944 – 25 May 1944

Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 51460 Poix, France 25 May 1944

Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5264.



Date Contributor Update
14 October 2016 13:30:21 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:31 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5264 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database