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Dallas L Hawkins

Military

2nd Lieutenant Dallas L. Hawkins was born December 24, 1918. His next of kin were his wife, Mary Lee Hawkins, and his parents, Ralph and Elsie Hawkins. His hometown was Worthington, West Virginia.

Flew 15 bombing missions between 6 May and 19 July 1944. Killed in Action (KIA) over Lechfeld, Germany 19 July 1944 as Pilot of B-17G 42-102511. All crew Killed in Action (KIA) except one Waist Gunner who became a Prisoner of War (POW). Waist Gunner, Doyle Borchers, was thrown from plane and later wrote a book about his experience. Only three bodies found after plane hit directly by flak and fell to pieces.

He is buried in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery in Shinnston, West Virginia.

PH/ Air Medal w/ OLC/ Campaign Ribbons w/ Battle Stars

Service

Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102511

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/44; Gr Island 27/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-P] Nuthampstead 27/4/44; (24m) Missing in Action Lechfeld 19/7/44 with Dallas Hawkins, Co-pilot: Earl Hart, Navigator: Joe Doglio, Bombardier: John Loomis, Flight...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Worthington, West Virginia 24 December 1918

2nd Lieutenant Dallas L. Hawkins was born December 24, 1918. His next of kin were his wife, Mary Lee Hawkins, and his parents, Ralph and Elsie Hawkins. His hometown was Worthington, West Virginia.

Killed in action 19 July 1944

On July 19, 1944, he was the pilot of B-17 tail 42-102511 of the 398th Bomb Group, 602nd Bomb Squadron, when his aircraft was shot down over Weil, Germany. The entire crew was killed.

Buried Shinnston, WV 26431, USA

He is buried in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery in Shinnston, West Virginia.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2016 11:55:54 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 7544 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2015 19:18:09 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Fortresses Over Nuthampstead, pg 37

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