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William C Hege


Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42107061 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Killed in Action (KIA).



Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb 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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107061 Peg O' My Heart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 9/2/44; Gr Island 18/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Laon 8/5/44 with Searl Pickett, Co-pilot: Bob Roan, Navigator: Bob Shields, Bombardier: Mervin Jacobs, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Abar (5...

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...


Event Location Date
Lived in Pennsylvania, USA 1941
Died 8 May 1944
Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial


Date Contributor Update
20 July 2018 10:21:29 Lucy May Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:46 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC, MACR 4581 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4581 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database