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Frank John Hearne Jr

Military

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083. A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • John Daly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). No MACR Awards: AM, PH.

  • William Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Sole survivor, blown out of A/C with chute. Wounded in Action (WIA) RTD....

  • Joseph Jennings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier; Navigator; Bombardier Instructor | 379th Bomb Group
    Joe Jennings served as a bombardier and navigator with the 525th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Kimbolton, England. While Joe is at Alconbury receiving Radar training, he learns about the crash of April 11 that kills John...

  • Robert Koerber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Adriel Langendoerfer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio man | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USSAF. FTR (FTR) in B-17 42-31083. A/C exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • John MacCallum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Sterling May

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier/Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Served as a reserve crewmember on the following missions/position Mission 253: B-17 42-31394 Left Waist Gunner Mission 273: B-17 42-39800 Bombardier

  • Howard Polizzo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner / Armorer | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England ...

  • Andrew Puca

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner / Togglier, Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Harvey Tuber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-17 42-31083. A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England, navigator survived. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, 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

  • 42-3072

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/43; Assigned 94BG Presque Is 4/43; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-B] Bassingbourn 15/9/43; 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 27/9/43; Returned to the USA 21/5/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 24/1/45.

  • 42-31083 Tenny Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; ...

  • 42-38082

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 26/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N.I. 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-L] Kimbolton 29/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Capt Lytle Shumake, Co-pilot: George Smith, Navigator: Regis Savage, Bombardier:...

  • 42-38161 SARA JANE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BF [FR-O] Kimbolton 19/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 7/5/44 with Clarry Darnell, Co-pilot: John Jones, Radio Operator: Tom Wilkens, Ball turret gunner: Bill Snider, Waist gunner: Lewis Rule...

  • 42-38183 The Lost Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged, crash landed Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Stan Bailey, Co-pilot: Sumner Alpert, Navigator: Jim Rung, Bombardier: Bill Coles,...

  • 42-39800 Patches, Just So

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 4/9/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 18/10/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 23/10/43; re-ass 547BS/384BG [SO- ] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-T] Kimbolton 7/11/43; crashed RAF Wilton, UK 2/12/44; sal 2 SAD...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 269

    20 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Frankfurt and the railroad marshalling yards there are the targets for this mission. All three Air Disivisions despatch aircraft but high clouds frustrated bombing attempts and many formations abandoned the mission even after...

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 283

    28 March 1944
    A force of 450 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions is despatched to bomb the German E-Boat pens at Ijmuiden, Holland and German airfields in France. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

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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....

  • Snettisham

    Military site : non-airfield
    Sometime after late summer in 1943 an RAF Gunnery Range was taken over to provide gunnery training for B-17 crews close to where they would be deployed at East Anglian airfields. ...

  • Barroway Drove

    Crash site

  • Pyote Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Indianapolis, Indiana 1 June 1923

Son of Frank John Snr and Altha [Russell] Hearne.

Enlisted Indianapolis, IN, USA 8 January 1943

Indianapolis, Indiana

Based Pyote Army Airfield 23 September 1943 – 8 December 1943

B-17 Flying Fortress crew training

Based Snettisham January 1944 – 19 February 1944

Intensive gunnery training

Based Kimbolton 20 February 1944 – 11 April 1944

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

Died Barroway Drove, Downham Market PE38 0AJ, UK 11 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083. A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 12 April 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery

Buried Calvary cemetery, Indianapolis, IN October 1948

Re-Interred
Calvary Cemetery
Indianapolis,
Marion County, IN

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2019 10:38:34 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/319458135
https://www.fold3.com/image/652102572
https://www.fold3.com/record/89017764-frank-j-hearne-jr
https://www.fold3.com/image/310762985?rec=299336147
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=5586
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/128854167/frank-john-hearne

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 19:43:23 TennyBelle Changes to events
Sources

enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 19:25:44 TennyBelle Changes to events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

8th AF database

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 01:52:05 Jennings Changes to person associations
Sources

Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2017 20:35:05 TennyBelle Changes to service number, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

avail/known data

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 302 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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