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Earl Hogue

Military

22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Radio Operator of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew.

31-Mar-43 While serving as the Radio Operator of B-17F #42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F #41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG 360BS during assembly for a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. This occured less than an hour from takeoff with each carrying 6 bombs for the mission to Rotterdam. He was injured but able to bail out of the aircraft and Returned to Duty (RTD) The planes crashed at Mears Ashby and 303rd reports a memorial to the two crews is there.

4-Jul-43 Shot down in B-17F #42-5792 "The Mugger" 303BG/358BS while serving as Radio Operator. Pilot O'Connor stayed with the plane as most crew members successfully bailed out to become Prisoner of War (POW)s and evaders. Hogue was taken to Stalag Luft 3 and then transferred to Stalag 13D Nuremberg-Langwasser on 15-Jan-45. Liberated 16-Apr-45. Evacutated to the US and Discharged from the USSAAF on 12-Jul-45.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

Service

People

  • James Dunn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    31-Mar-43 Killed in Action (KIA) as Pilot of B-17F #42-29573 "Two Beauts" in midair collision with B-17F #41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS. This occured less than an hour from takeoff with each carrying 6 bombs for the mission to Rotterdam. The...

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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

  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...

  • 42-29520

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 9/1/43; Morrison 12/2/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-O] Molesworth 6/3/43; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-S] Bassingbourn 7/9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with John Karp, Co-pilot: Dave Boswell,...

  • 42-29573 Two Beauts

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-29573 [VK-H] "Two Beauts" 303BG/358BS was delivered at Denver 6-Jan-43; Salina 12-Jan-43; Morrison 12-Feb-43; Homestead 15-Feb-43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-H] Molesworth 6-Mar-43 ...

  • 42-5432 The Hunting Club

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; Morrison 7/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-B] Molesworth 25/2/43; Missing in Action Huls 22/6/43 with Ray Jess, Navigator: Bob Davidson, Bombardier: Jim Montgomery, Radio Operator: Joe Godzinski, Ball turret gunner: Byron...

  • 42-5792 The Mugger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 28/1/43; Salina 11/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-I] Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action Le Mans 4/7/43 with Bob O'Connor, Bombardier: Rich Peterson (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Donovan Manifold, Navigator: Andy Halioris, Radio...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

  • VIII Bomber Command 40

    6 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

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 Hamilton County, Ohio 5 April 1905
Assigned to Unit Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 22 February 1943

Assigned as Radio Operator with the 303BG/358BS 2LT James R. Dunn crew at Molesworth, UK.

Mission #1, TSGT Earl Hogue, w/B-17F 41-24577, 303BG/358BS Rotterdam, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Served as Radio Operator of B-17F 41-24577 "Hell's Angels", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Mission #2, TSGT Earl Hogue, w/B-17F 42-5432, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 6 March 1943

Served as Radio Operator of B-17F 42-5432 "The Hunting Club", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, TSGT Earl Hogue, w/B-17F 42-29520, 303BG/358BS Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943

Served as Radio Operator of B-17F 42-29520, 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #4, TSGT Earl Hogue, w/B-17F 42-5432, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Radio Operator of B-17F 42-5432 "The Hunting Club, 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, TSGT Earl Hogue, w/B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS BO/INJ/RTD Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Radio Operator of B-17F 42-29573 "The Hunting Club, 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. The aircraft sustained a mid-air collision during assembly and crashed. He managed to bale out even though injured and Returned to Duty (BO/INJ/RTD)

Injured in Bale Out Mears Ashby, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6, UK 31 March 1943

Injured in a mid-air collision of his aircraft with antoerh B-17 during assembly. He baled out and landed near Mears Ashby, UK.

Le Mans, France 4 April 1943

Served as Radio Operator on B-17F 42-5792 "The Mugger", 303BG 358BS on a mission to bomb the Gnome Rhone Aircraft Works at Le Mans, France. The aircraft was shot down by fighters but he managed to able out and was captured as a Prisoner of War. POW.

Prisoner or War - Camp 1 Zagan, Poland 4 April 1943 – 15 January 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) until 15-Jan-45 when he was moved to Stalag 13D at Nuremberg-Langwasser.

Prisoner or War - Camp 2 90471 Langwasser, Germany 16 January 1945 – 16 April 1945

Held at Stalag 13D, Nuremberg-Lanwasser unitl 16-Apr45 when he was liberated by US Army forces.

Last Report Date 12 July 1945

Evacuted to the US after his liberation and discharged from the USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2020 17:58:38 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2019 22:44:11 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Fixed a typo in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2019 21:42:27 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to pilot James R. Dunn.

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 21:07:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Last Report Date event per NARA WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 21:05:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added POW Camp 1 & 2 event per NARA WWII POW database and Stalag III records: http://www.b24.net/pow/stalag3.htm

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 20:53:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016 Added 4-Jul-43 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Jul-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/048.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 20:47:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 20:41:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 20:38:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 20:35:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 20:31:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/019.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 20:26:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-43. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 20:24:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-43. Added initial assignment info, 31-Mar-43 event details, edited 4-Jul-43 details of POW camps, added Mission Paricipations statement to Summary Biography' Made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 31-Mar-43) and Missions (through 31-Mar-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Unit history,  Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, pp. 94, 175-6,  303rd  web site, NARA web site POW and elnistment

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