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Vernon Richard Hedges

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Lt Vernon Hedges was Co-pilot of B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally destroyed. On the page he wrote for the WWII Registry, he stated that he flew 65 sorties as a pilot in B-26 Marauders between March and August 1944.

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People

  • Pierce Buckner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    S/Sgt Pierce Buckner was Tail Gunner in B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally destroyed.

  • Robert Fry

    Military | Captain | Instructor (Pilot) | 322nd Bomb Group
    Robert Fry was a student of McMurray College, Abilene, TX before enlisting in January 1942. He won his wings and commission as a 2nd Lt in the USAAF at Roswell, New Mexico on 28 July 1942. He was later stationed at McDill Field in Tampa, Florida before...

  • John Latiloais

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer
    Sgt John Latiloais was engineer on board of B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally...

  • Joseph Weaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/ Mechanical Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Joseph Weaver was on a local training flight on board B-26#41-17961 on 27 December 1943. Flown by Lt Robert C. Fry, the plane was involved in a landing accident at Froome airfield - Station 236, near Antrim, Northern Ireland. Weaver and four others...

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Aircraft

  • 41-17961

    B-26 Marauder
    41-17961 was on a training flight on 27 December 1943. It belonged to the Headqurters of the 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center. Due to a mechanical failure, the plane crashed on landing at RAF Toome, Antrim, Northern Ireland. All five crew safe :...

Associated Place

  • Toome

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as a bomber OTU satellite, first to RAF Cluntoe and then to RAF Nutt’s Corner, Toome had three concrete runways, 30 pan type hardstandings, and two pairs of T2 hangars. 50 concrete 'fingers’ were added for aircraft storage during...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Plentywood, Sheridan County, Montana, United States 4 July 1921

the son of Earl Edwin Hedges and Merle Dorina (Tittle) Hedges

Lived in Turner, Marion County, Oregon, United States 1942
Enlisted Seattle, King County, Washington, United States 14 March 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

Involved in training accident Toome, Antrim, Northern Ireland 27 December 1943

on board B-26 Marauder Serial 41-17961. He and the four other men on board were safe and returned to duty.

Died Delta, Colorado, United States 5 August 2005

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2018 09:37:53 ED-BB Changes to surname, middlename, service number, role, biography, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

Last name must be Hedges instead of Hodges...
WWII Registry
NARA WWII Enlistment Records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol. I, p. 442

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