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George F Hall Jr

Military

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 "Leaping Liz" while serving as Right Waist Gunner. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborts. (See Biography events)

Buried in Brittany American Cemetery.

Air medal, Purple Heart

Service

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

  • 41-24526 Leapin Liz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin Liz". Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-J] Bangor 19-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43, shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed off St Brevin, Bay of Biscay, France. 10KIA Missing Air Crew Report (MACR)...

  • 41-24558 Hunga Dunga

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-25-BO 41-24558 [VK:F] "Hunga Dunga" was assigned to the 358BS/303BG [VK-F] at Bangor. Maine on 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth, UK on 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action Vegasack 18-Mar-43 when it was attacked by enemy aircraft near Helgoland. Germany...

  • 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...

  • 41-24606 Werewolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-27-BO 41-24606 "Werewolf" was assigned 358BG/303BG [VK-H] Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan on 14-Sep-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK 16-Oct-42. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 20

    17 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 49 B-17s despatched from 91BG (20), 303BG (16) and 306BG (13). Another element of 14 B-24s despatched from 93BG also joins the bombing force on St. Nazaire. The...

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • VIII Fighter Command DIVERSION

    20 December 1942
    4th Fighter Group despatches 36 Spitfires as a diversion for RAF 'Circus' 244. For definition of 'Circus' see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_RAF_code_names

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

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 Des Moines, Iowa
Mission #4 SSGT George F. Hall w/B-17F 41-24526, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 42

Served as Ball Turrent Gunner on B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin Liz", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. (RTB OK).

Mission #1 SSGT George F. Hall w/B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24606 "Werewolf", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. (RTB OK).

Mission #2 SSGT George F. Hall w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Ball Turrent Gunner on B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. (RTB OK).

Mission #3 SSGT George F. Hall w/B-17F 41-24577, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24577 "Hell's Angels", 303BG/358BS Mission was to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France but the bomb rack malfunctioned over the target and the mission was aborted.

Mission #5 SSGT George F. Hall w/ B-17F 41-24526, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin Liz", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. (RTB OK).

Mission #6 SSGT George F. Hall w/ B017F 41-24526, 303BG/358BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin Liz", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. (RTB OK).

Killed in Action (KIA) Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by enemy fighters and crashed into the sea near the target.

Mission #7 SSGT George F. Hall w/41-24526, 303BG/358BS KIA Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin' Liz" on mission to bomb the torpedo storage areas as St. Nazaire, France. (KIA)

Buried 1945

Buried in the Brittany American Cemetery, Plot L, Row 12, Grave 9.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 21:47:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015 Added Mission events #3 thru #7 per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 21:26:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Made connections to Aircraft and Missions and added Mission events #1 & #2 per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 18:12:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jan-2015. Added Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 15:08:06 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Combined two entries for this airman. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
MACR 7650 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 20:56:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 7650; added decorations and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; added crew position and made minor edits to biography.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7650, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 60, ABMC web site, Roster

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