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Charles E Hoffman

Military

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 'Leaping Liz' while serving as Navigator. Target was U/B yards (submarines) at St. Nazaire, France. Fighters attacked and plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Participated in 5 Operations - 1 Abort (see Biography events)

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24526 Leapin Liz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin Liz". Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-J] Bangor 19-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43, shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed off St Brevin, Bay of Biscay, France. 10KIA Missing Air Crew Report (MACR)...

  • 41-24582 One O'Clock Jump

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24582 'One O'Clock Jump', assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Despatched 12-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France but weather prevented bombing of that target and the...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Penn Grove, New Jersey, USA
Mission #1 2LT Charles E. Hoffman, w/B-17F 41-24526, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Navigator on B-17 41-24526, "Leapin' Liz", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France (RTB OK)

Mission #2 2LT Charles E. Hoffmann, w/41-24539, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Navigator on B-17F 41-24539, "Jersey Bounce" on mission to bomb the Carriage and Wagon Works at Lille, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #3 2LT Charles E. Hoffman, w/B-17F 41-24526, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Navigator on B-17F 41-24526, "Leapin' Liz", 303BG/358BS. Mission was to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures force the Pilto to abort the mission (RTB OK)

Mission #4 2LT Charles E. Hoffmann, w/B-17F 41-24526, 303BG/458BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Navigator on B-17F 41-24526, "Leapin' Liz", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-su-Seine, France. (RTB OK)

Killed in Action (KIA) Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed into the sea near the target. His remains have never been recovered.

Mission #5 2LT Charles E. Hoffman, w/B-17 41-24526, 303BG/358B KIAS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Navigator on B-17F 41-23526, "Leapin' Liz", 303BG/358BS. Mission was to bomb the torpedo storage areas at St. Nazaire, France (KIA).

Commemorated Saint-James, France 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Brittany American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 17:14:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Made connections to Aircraft and Mission per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 17:02:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015 Added Mission events #1 thru #5 per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 20:24:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 7650; added decorations and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; added crew position and made minor edits to biography.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7650 / MACR 7650, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs  Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p.  60,

href=www.303rdBG.com>www.303rdBG.com> roster / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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