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Thomas Gene Hearn

Military

Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Wounded and Shot down in Destiny's Tot (42-30674) NE of Paris 30Dec1943 on return from Ludwigshaven, Germany. Richard M. Smith (Pilot) and 6 others escaped, 3 wounded and taken prisioner. MACR#2024. Sent to Stalag 17B. Liberated around May 1945.

Service

People

  • Robert Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30674 'Kathy Jane III', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Murray Ball

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Attacked by ME 109 fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31329 fell out of formation and made a wheels up landing at Diepoldsau, Switzerland after five of the crew baled out. Interned.

  • William Booher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Evaded.

  • Jerry Eshuis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Evaded. Air Medal/Purple Heart

  • Alphonse Mele

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Evaded.

  • Kenneth Morrison

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30674 'Kathy Jane III'. Evaded.

  • Anthony Onesi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Evaded. Air Medal

  • Robert Southard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Warren Tarkington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Evaded.

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30674 DESTINY'S TOT, then CINCINNATI QUEEN, then KATHY JANE III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 10/7/43; Grand Isle 28/7/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-C] Horham 3/9/43 DESTINY'S TOT; then CINCINNATI QUEEN; with N.S. Rothschild force landed RAF Netheravon 4/10/43; with Rich Smith force landed Metfield AFB 16/12/43. 19m Missing in...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

  • VIII Bomber Command 131

    16 November 1943
    This mission was directed at targets in Norway. It was composed of three elements. The first element was a combined force of 189 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 384BG (21); 303BG (20); 379BG (22); 351BG (20); 91BG (20); 381BG (22); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 134

    19 November 1943
    The primary target for this mission was Gelsenkirchen, Germany by adverse weather conditions and failure of the PFF equipment caused al formations to seek out targets of opportunity along the German-Dutch border. The force was composed of 168 B-17s...

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 143

    30 November 1943
    This mission is directed at a single target - the industrial areas of Solingen, Germany. The mission consists of three elements. The first element is a force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (16...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Stafford Springs, Stafford, CT, USA 1916
Enlisted Boston, MA, USA 2 October 1942

Enlisted 02Oct1942

Prisoner of War (POW) Gneixendorf, 3500 Krems an der Donau, Austria 30 December 1943
Discharged 27 September 1945

Discharged 27Sept1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 07:00:05 Sassafras66 Changes to mission associations
Sources

95thbg web site: under Aircraft History. Two missions with 42-30167, one with 42-30353 and the rest with Destiny's Tot 42-30674.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 06:45:41 Sassafras66 Changes to person associations
Sources

Richard M Smith Crew Photo, the booklet, "Hide-And-Seek With the German Army" by Richard M Smith, 95thBG web site

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 06:43:08 Sassafras66 Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR#2024, the booklet, "Hide-And-Seek With The German Army" by Richard M Smith, 95thBG web site

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 06:35:23 Sassafras66 Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR#2024, Richard M Smith Crew picture, the booklet, "Hide-And-Seek With The German Army" by Richard M Smith, 95thBG web site

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 06:32:21 Sassafras66 Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR#2024, Richard M Smith Crew Photo, the booklet, "Hide-And-Seek With The German Army" by Richard M Smith, 95th BG web site

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 06:29:29 Sassafras66 Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR#2024, Richard M Smith Crew Photo, 95thBG web site, the booklet, "Hide-And-Seek With The German Army" by Richard M Smith

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 06:25:15 Sassafras66 Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR#2024, 95thBG web site, Richard M Smith Crew Photo, the booklet, "Hide-And-Seek With The German Army by Richard M Smith

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 06:21:58 Sassafras66 Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR#2024, Richard M Smith Crew, the booklet, "Hide-And-Seek With The German Army by Richard M Smith, 95thBG web site

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 06:19:14 Sassafras66 Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR#2024, Richard M Smith Crew picture, the booklet, "Hide-And-Seek With The German Army by Richard M Smith, 95thBG website

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 06:16:24 Sassafras66 Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR#2024, Richard M Smith Crew Picture, the booklet, Hide-And-Seek With The German Army by Richard M Smith, 95thBG web site

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 06:13:17 Sassafras66 Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR#2024, Richard M Smith Crew picture, Booklet "Hide-And-Seek With The German Army, by Richard M Smith, 95thBG web site

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 02:23:04 Sassafras66 Changes to events
Sources

Death Certificate from Massachusetts

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 02:19:12 Sassafras66 Changes to events
Sources

Military Records, Death Certificate

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 02:16:28 Sassafras66 Changes to middlename and events
Sources

Enlistment source: Military records, Death Certificate

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 02:09:48 Sassafras66 Changes to biography and events
Sources

MACR#2024, List of POW's from Stalag 17B, As reported by pilot Richard M. Smith in his booklet, "Hide-And-Seek With The German Army"

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 00:41:01 Sassafras66 Changes to nickname and service number
Sources

Enlistment Documents, MACR #2024, Death Record

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2024 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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