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George B Houchins Jr

Military

Joined Sqd 3/14/44. Killed in Action (KIA) 4/21/44 (Hamm). Pilot: Havens.

Killed when Pappy’s Chillun, B-24H #42-29418, crashed during assembly. ”It was the opinion of the investigating board that the airplane picked up too much ice, was forced into a stall, and from there into a spin, when it fell apart.” (44thbombgroup.com) The main body of the aircraft still lies in the lake at Taverham Mill. On 21 April 2001, 57 years after the crash, a memorial was dedicated on the property.

Service

Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born 28 October 1922
Died Taverham Mill Lakes 21 April 1944
Buried Tazewell County, VA, USA

Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery and Mausoleum
Richlands
Tazewell County
Virginia, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2020 23:04:41 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" and a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2015 16:31:57 usxpat Changes to highest rank, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial# 19921923
Personal recollection and information: http://forum.armyairforces.com/quotTurnip-TermitequotquotPappy39s-Chillu...
http://www.usaafdata.com/
http://www.greenharbor.com/ROHPDF/ROHA44.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd

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