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William J Hager

Military

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • John Burke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Theodore Chronopolis

    Military | Captain | Bombardier; Nose Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning from Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Sole survivor from A/C. WIA / RTD. MACR 6984 ...

  • Paul Haynes

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Warren Oaks

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Armand Ramacitti

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Cecil Tognazzini

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984. Cecil's body was never...

  • Donald Watson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-6133

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 10/5/44; Hunter 19/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-Y] Kimbolton 8/6/44; on return from mission 19/6/44 with Armand Ramcitti, Co-pilot: Bill Hager, Navigator: Don Watson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cecil Tognazzini...

Missions

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

  • 424

    19 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Allhallows

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cleveland, Ohio 1917
Enlisted Cleveland, OH 13 October 1942

Cleveland, Ohio

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 19 June 1944

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Thames Estuary 19 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Mid air collision Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984

Buried July 1944

Cambridge American Cemetery
Plot F Row 2 Grave 106

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2020 16:17:21 madmitch56 Changes to nickname
Sources

Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2019 02:40:16 madmitch56 Changes to biography and person associations
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Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2019 16:16:57 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28680891
https://www.fold3.com/record/84218606-william-j-hager
https://www.fold3.com/record/529901653-william-j-hager
https://www.fold3.com/image/310762999?rec=299338845
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56290351

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / see page 394 in Losses of the 8th & 9th

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