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John Rankin Hill Sr

Military

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. George Rowe crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

Post war: Served in Korea and Vietnam conflicts

Service

People

  • George Rowe

    Military | 1091, Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37788 HELL'S MESSENGER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG Grafton Underwood 7/11/43; transferred 547BS [SO-N]; transferred to 364FG Leiston, Sfk, UK. 11/43; Returned to the USA Bradley 14/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 17/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-97150

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Presque Is 26/2/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-F] Grafton Underwood 12/3/44; 544BS [SU-F]; force landed continent 10/1/45; Salvaged. SILVER QUEEN.

  • 42-97263 "LADY MARGARET"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Dalhart 2/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-D] Grafton Underwood 15/4/44; crashed on take off with John Whiteside 10/1/45, Salvaged.

  • 43-37843 ALEX

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    43-37843 Del Cheyenne 27/5/44; Kearney 6/6/44; Dow Field 27/6/44; Ass 547BS/384BG [SO-B] Grafton Underwood 21/7/44; collision damage Ingoldstadt on 5/4/45 with B-17 44-8430, RECALL. Crashed, all crew bailed out and RTD. ALEX

  • 43-37990 PARKER'S MAD HOUSE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/6/44; Kearney 25/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-G] Grafton Underwood 23/7/44; battle damaged Nurnberg 3/10/44 with John Mock, Co-pilot: Alex Milne, Navigator: Arthur Allen, Bombardier: Walt Puchalski, Flight...

  • 43-38800 BUSY BUZZARD

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 24/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 6/10/44; battle damaged Zeitz 30/11/44 with ? ; abandoned over continent; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/10/45....

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kannapolis, NC 31 December 1923

Son of John Wilbern and Kate [Carswell] Hill.

Enlisted Camp Croft, SC 29 October 1942

Camp Croft, South Carolina

Based Grafton Underwood August 1944 – January 1945

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died San Antonio, TX 14 February 1989
Buried Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, TX 17 February 1989

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2020 14:15:21 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/300631909
https://www.fold3.com/record/84078124-john-r-hill
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=4597
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/791351/john-r-hill

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=h...

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