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Donald T Hickey


On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. RTD. Earlier on June 25, 1943 on training mission, B24 42-40774 collided with another ac



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    Military | Private | Medic | 352nd Fighter Group
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    Military | Major | Flight Surgeon | 352nd Fighter Group
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    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner; ball-turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
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  • Joseph Rubin

    Military | Sergeant | Medic | 352nd Fighter Group
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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-100001 Drawers

    B-24 Liberator
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. Five of the crew were killed, and five survived.

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...


Event Location Date
Born Toledo, Ohio


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:42 AAM AAM ingest

8th AF Losses, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 165 , 389th BG Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia