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Orie J Hedges


Shot down 13 April 1945 in B-17 #448636. Prisoner of War (POW). Bombs from one of our planes in the formation exploded in mid-air after release and damaged this aircraft.



Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron


  • 44-8636

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 14/11/44; Grenier 3/12/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-X] Nuthampstead 7/12/44; (25m) Missing in Action Neumunster 13/4/45 with Sam Palant (evaded capture); Co-pilot: Bob Taylor, Navigator: Mason Dicks, Bombardier: Nick Marabeas, Flight...


Event Location Date
Born Bellevue, Kentucky
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 13 April 1945


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13907 / MACR 13907, mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Leonard Streitfeld p.175 and 398th BG web site. / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database