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Gerald Hansen


Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653 'Bad News. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier on July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-5813 'Jackie Ellen. '


Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb 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


  • 42-29653

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/43; Salina 11/2/43; Morrison 28/2/43; Secret mission 19/5/43; Assigned 96BG Dow Fd 4/6/43; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX- ] Alconbury 19/7/43; 525BS/379BG [FR-D] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Dick...

  • 42-5813

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 25/2/43; Cheyenne 1/3/43; Sioux City 18/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 306BG 22/4/43 JACKIE ELLEN; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-S/Z] Kimbolton 2/5/43; battle damaged Kassel 30/7/43 with Bill Breiner, Co-pilot: Dick...

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....


Event Location Date
Born Bradford, Pennsylvania, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 14 October 1943
Died 14 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 956 / MACR 956, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 213, 336; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 283 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database