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Thomas H Hudson Jr

Military

Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

According to the Escape and Evasion Report of the two survivors, Robert Anderson and Hugh C. Shields, the ship was set upon by fighters around 1100 hours about 5 kilometers west of St. Laurent Je Medoc. He stated that immediately after the first Fighter attack one engine had to be feathered and the tail controls were damaged. Tail Gunner Alton Brown reported to the Pilot, Allen C. Powell, that he was badly hurt and then the radio system went out. Anderson stated that Top Turret/Engineer Delmar C. Broyles told Anderson that he was going to the rear of the plane, via the bomb bay, to inform the others of the bail out instructions from the Pilot. As he was passing through the bomb bay the aircraft went into a crash dive. Anderson believes that Ball Turret gunner Goble Miracle was trapped in the Ball Turret. Anderson states that Co-Pilot Thomas H. Hudson Jr. was injured and assisting the pilot on an attempt to maintain control of the aircraft so the crew could bail out. Hudson told Anderson that he and Powell would set up the AFCE (Automatic Flight Control Equipment) and attempt to get back to England. Anderson states that he believes that Powell was injured in a cannon blast immediately prior to Andersons exit from the aircraft. He stated that the main portion of the cannon blast was in the area of the Pilots and Co-Pilots seats. The second survivor Hugh C. Shields stated that Broyles stuck his head into the nose compartment and told him and Anderson of the bail out order. Shields told Broyles to tell the pilot, Powell, that the bombs were still in the plane. As Shields and Anderson were bailing out of the Navigators escape hatch the plane went into a vertical dive with the right wing in flames and breaking off. The plane made violent aerobics and exploded upon striking the ground.

Service

People

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Evaded.

  • Alton Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Delmar Broyles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Delmar C. Broyles was born October 9, 1921. His next of kin were his parents, Clarence and Grace Broyles. He was from West Los Angeles, California. ...

  • Sherman Frew

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wesley Geist

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Goble Miracle

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Allen Powell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Hugh Shields

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Evaded.

  • Ernest Trummel

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-30112 LIL BUTCH

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    42-30112 Delivered Cheyenne 12/4/43; Gore 21/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Walla Walla 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Ass 410BS/94BG [GL-Z] Rougham 13/6/43; MIA Merignac 5/1/44 w/Allan Powell, cp-Tom Hudson, ro-Wesley Geist, btg-Goble Miracle...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Oakland, California, USA 5 June 1921
Killed in Action (KIA) 33112 Saint Laurent-et-Benon, France 5 January 1944
Buried Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial

Plot D Row 12
Grave 2

Revisions

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E&E reports

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E&E Reports 544 and 605

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Visalia Ca. High School Photo

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Cadet photo Ellington Field Class 43-D

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War Department Report of Death

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American Battle Monuments Commission

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Class Book Ellington Field Class 43D

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Class Book Ellington Field Class 43-D

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Combined two entries for Thomas Hudson into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1891 and additional research by user 'ram957' (http://www.americanairmuseum.com/user/9305).

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Research

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MACR 1891

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MACR 1891

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MACR 1891

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MACR 1891

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27 September 2014 18:25:57 AAM AAM ingest
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MACR 1891 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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