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Wendell Ellsworth Hulcher

Military

Service

People

  • Joseph Azzarelli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Photographer/Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 December 1943 AM/ PH Listed as "photographer" on the crew list on the mission he was KIA. Davis appears to have flown his previous missions as a waist gunner.

  • Francis Dunphy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Wallace Gross

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Robert Mier

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Robert Moore

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Engineer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Louis Osborne

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Victor Pachter

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Preleyko

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Warren Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31138 Winged Fury

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Romulus 10/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 13/4/44 with Art Nelson, Co-pilot: Art Livermore, Navigator: Maurice White, Bombardier: Bill Matuszewski, Flight...

  • 42-31176

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/9/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Wilmington 24/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 26/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/4/44 with George Gwin, Co-pilot: Chas Dunfee, Navigator: Wilbur Minnich, Bombardier: Bob Reis, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-31242 Patty Jo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Gt Falls 23/10/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 9/11/43; target Berlin 19/5/44 with Don Salles, Co-pilot: Homer Andrews, Navigator: Jack Barcus, Bombardier: Tom Matthews, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-37853 Miss Fury

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/9/43; Gr Island 10/10/43; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 14/10/43; transferred 388BG [ -E] Knettishall /44; battle damaged Munster 4/1/44 with Campbell ; crash landed Eastchurch, Hants. Salvaged 18/4/44. MISS FURY.

  • 42-39845 Hulcher's Vultures

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 18/9/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 7/10/43; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Marquis Fjelsted, Co-pilot: Bill Hudson, Navigator: Herb Honlihan, Bombardier: Chester Tracewaki, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John...

Missions

  • 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 140

    29 November 1943
    This is another massive raid on Bremen, Germany by a force of 360 B-17s. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 182 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 94BG (40); 95BG (20); 96BG (41); 100BG (20);...

  • 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)...

  • 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 ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

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Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Girard, IL 62640, USA 3 November 1922
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 19 November 1943 – 2 March 1944

Completed a 25 mission combat tour

Died Lakeland, FL, USA 6 May 1999
Buried Lakeland, FL, USA 9 May 1999

First United Methodist Church Columbarium • Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, USA
Plot Section 1 #30

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2018 22:39:15 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/31101841/wendell-e.-hulcher
http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-HUL01-...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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