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Joseph D. Gentner


Navigator on Capt William Hitchcock's crew. Flew 30 combat missions between December 31, 1943, and April 29, 1944.


Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107020 Flak Happy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Grenier 7/3/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 11/3/44; transferred 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 12/3/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Edwin Wright, Co-pilot: Capt George Hughes, Navigator: Wray Hylton,...

  • 42-38039

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/11/43; Syracuse 12/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; slated 447BG, Assigned 561BS/388BG [B] Knettishall 20/12/43; Missing in Action Poznan 9/4/44 with Louis Trubia, Co-pilot: John Walker, Navigator: John Hynes, Bombardier: George Morrow...


Event Location Date
Born Akron, Ohio 14 March 1915
Died 22 September 2011


Date Contributor Update
16 January 2021 19:15:46 pamccolgan Changes to media associations

447 Bomb Group History

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2019 17:03:22 Shade Ruff Changes to awards

Updated awards based on service record.

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2019 13:54:13 Shade Ruff Changes to biography and awards

Obituary in the Akron Beacon Journal:

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2019 13:32:56 Shade Ruff Changes to middlename and aircraft associations

447th Bomb Group Association web site:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:10 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self