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Hobart Howard Steely Jr

Military

Hobart H. Steely, Navigator, was assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #160 dated 5 December 1943, James B. Tayor Crew. 28 x combat missions. He did not fly any combat missions with the 384th Bomb Group.

Although clearly assigned to the 384th BG on 5 December 1943, this crewmember began flying combat missions with the 303rd BG on-or-about 14 December, and never appeared on any 384th BG combat rosters. The pilot's son reports: 'My Dad and his crew had arrived at the 384th from the CCRC, and were promptly sent to the 303rd. This occurred after the CCRC had received an urgent call from Major Mel Schulstad for replacement pilots/crews for the 303rd following heavy losses during missions.'

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • James Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    2LT James B. Taylor, 1091, Pilot, was assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #160 dated 5 December 1943 as crew pilot. HE did not fly any combat missions with the 384th bomb Group. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron
  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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 Oxnard, CA 22 October 1922

Son of Hobart Howard Snr and Frances May [Rhodes] Steely.

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 16 August 1941
Based Grafton Underwood 5 December 1943 – 18 December 1943

Assigned to 384th Bomb Group.

Based Molesworth 18 December 1943 – October 1944

Transferred to 303rd Bomb Group per 1st Air Division Special Orders #94 dated 18 December 1943.

Died San Diego, CA 29 December 2016
Buried Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, CA January 2017

Miramar National Cemetery
San Diego,
San Diego County, CA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2019 18:46:09 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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Key Image ID.
https://www.fold3.com/image/629028342
https://www.fold3.com/record/84337110-hobart-h-steely-jr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/180565309/hobart-h-steely

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 22:01:13 bombercommand Changes to events
Sources

1st Air Division Special Orders #94, 18 December 1943

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 14:01:48 general ira snapsorter Changes to surname, biography and unit associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=3830

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 01:21:46 bombercommand Changes to surname, middlename, firstname, service number, role and biography
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=3830

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=s...

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