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Horace R Hosbach


Shot down by a direct flak hit and crashed into the town of Boulogne, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-38121. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38121

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/12/43; Phoenix 2/1/44; Kearney 3/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-E] Gt Ashfield 28/1/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 28/2/44 with Gil Kemman, Co-pilot: Steve Kruppa, Navigator: Henry Dagg, Bombardier: Ben Gallegos, Flight...


Event Location Date
Born Philadelpha, Pennsylvania, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) France 28 February 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:11 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2882 / MACR 2882, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database