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Leif H Hoklin

Military

10-Jul-42 Assigned as a Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS at at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico. Arrived in the UK at Molesworth, UK on 12-Oct-42 with "Yahoodi" as the first aircraft of the 303BG to arrived in England.

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24608 'Yehudi' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft crashed into the sea off the Belle-Ile-en-Mer, France. Prisoner of War (POW). Participated in 6 Operations (3 were aborted) See Biography events.

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24606 Werewolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-27-BO 41-24606 "Werewolf" was assigned 358BG/303BG [VK-H] Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan on 14-Sep-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24608 Yehoodi

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yehoodi", 303BG/359BS was assigned with a crew on 10-Jul-42 at Alamogordo Field, Alamgordo, New Mexico, The aircraft was the first of the 303rd to arrive at Moleworth on 12-Oct-42. Participated in 5 Operations (3 Aborted). See...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING ATTACK & PATROLS

    12 December 1942
    4th Fighter Group conducts three operations: 41 Spitfires are despatched on shipping patrols and 6 attack a German ship; 4 Spitfires are despatched on defensive patrols; and 6 are despatched on defensive patrols along the English coast.

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Elk Point, South Dakota
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 10 July 1942

Assigned as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 "Yehoodi", 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 12 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS. The first B-17 of the 303BG to arrive in England.

Mission #1, SSGT Leif K. Hoklin, w/B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SSGT Leif K. Hoklin, w/B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24606 "Werewolf", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SSGT Leif K. Hoklin, w/B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SSGT Leif K. Hoklin, w/B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #5, SSGT Leif K. Hoklin, w/B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, SSGT Leif K. Hoklin, w/B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1945

Served as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Aircraft was shot down. He managed to bale out and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 23:22:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 23:19:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 23:17:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 23:13:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 23:11:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 23-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 23:09:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 23:07:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Frank A. Saunders crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-saunders.html

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 23:05:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Frank A. Saunders crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-saunders.html

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 23:03:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

ee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added assignment to aircraft and arrival in UK to Summary Biography and made connections ro 41-24606 and all mission participations per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 22:58:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15720; added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position and crash location to Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 60-61, WWII Memorial web site, NARA POW records, MACR 15720

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