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Frank Patterson Hunter Jr


Commander, 398th Bomb Group from 1 March 1943 to 23 January 1945.
Killed in Action at Heerdt in B-17 #44-8224.


Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb 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...

  • 603rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107138 Witka Tanka Ton

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/3/44; Rapid City 12/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-T] Nuthampstead 22/4/44, flown over from USA by group CO Col Hunter; (51m) Missing in Action Merseburg 21/11/44 with Paul Rich, Co-pilot: Don McKorkindale, Navigator:...

  • 44-8224

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 16/7/44; Langley 12/8/44; Dow Fd 12/9/44; Assigned 324BS/91BG Bassingbourn 14/9/44; Missing in Action Neuss, Ger. 23/1/45 with Federico Gonzales (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Col Frank Hunter Gp CO, Navigator: Chas Letts, Capt Bill...

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Born Portsmouth, VA, USA 21 February 1908
Commissioned 13 June 1933

Bachelor of Science, US Military Academy, 1933

Died Düsseldorf-Heerdt, Düsseldorf, Germany 23 January 1945



Plot D Row 11 Grave 35


Date Contributor Update
22 February 2020 21:37:59 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 17:15:34 Von_L Changes to nickname

398th BG Memorial Association eulogy by William J. Humphries, as published in the unit newsletter Flak News:

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2017 11:05:45 Lucy May Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Brought in information from duplicate record. Sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11799, Leonard Streitfeld's Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier; Fortress Over Nuthampstead, pg 9

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2015 20:37:23 bombercommand Changes to awards and media associations

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF TEH EIGHTH AIR FORCE 1942-1945, ( Command and Staff Officers) by Russell A. Strong

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2015 20:33:53 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography and events

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE, 1942-1945 (Command and Staff Officers) by Russell A. Strong

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:09 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 11799 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database