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Hardwick

Military site : airfield

Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions. Hardwick became a Bomber Command airfield in 1945, but it remained inactive and closed in 1962.

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Service

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People

  • John Abajian

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    John Abajian piloted 28 missions in a B-24 out of England over enemy territory and received many commendations for heroism. After his combat tour ended, he was sent to Walla Walla Air Base to train pilots. Here, he met Mary Lou Hooper at the air base...

  • William Austin

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    While serving as a Waist Gunner on B-24D 41-24745 'Katy Bug' his aircraft sustained the failure of two engines and crashed into a tree while attempting an emergency landing at Little Stukeley. 4 crew members were killed. SSgt Austin was uninjured and...

  • Kenneth Bailey

    Military | Nose gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Neldon Barker

    Military | Ball turret gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Ernest Baron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Lady Jane' #4240804

  • Clarence Bergeson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Bergeson flew over to England in a brand new 'silver-finish' B-24 Liberator with his crew at the beginning of May 1944. They took the Southern Ferry Route and probably landed at RAF Burtonwood, as one of his crew members in an old newsletter...

  • Edward Bernhardt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member #42-40610, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. Later on 9 Oct 43 on mission to bomb Danzig U-Boat production in B-24 #4240610 'Satan's Sister' A/C took flak hits, lost engine on return, diverting to...

  • George Blankenship

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    On 18 September 1944, he was flying in B-24 Swt Chrt #4250829 when it ditched into the English Channel. Blankenship was killed and his body was not found. He is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery.

  • William Bloom

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision during form-up on a mission to Brunswick, GA on 29 Mar 1944 and crashed at Henham, Suffolk in B-24H 41-28590. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ruel Boone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak that knocked off the tail section on a mission to V-sites near Siracourt, FR on 11 Feb 1944, B-24D #42-63978 'Lonesome Polecat' crashed near Dieppe, FR. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

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Aircraft

  • 41-110033

    B-24 Liberator
    29 March 1944, two B24s collided over Henham, a few miles from Halesworth airfield. 9 Crew of the 41-110033 died, and 7 of the 41-28590. During the rescue operations the bomb load of one of the Liberators exploded, killing 6 men from Halesworth.

  • 41-23666 Hot Freight

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-1-CO 41-23666 [AG:s] was assigned to the 93BG/330BS at Hardwick, UK. on 18-Mar-43 the aircraft was despatched on a mission to bombe the port facilities at Vegesack, Germany. The aircraft sustained battle damage over the target and crashed near...

  • 41-23672 'Double Trouble'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 328th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW). Lost to flak and fighters on 19-Jan-43. Crashed into the sea 150 miles S.E. of Malta. MACR 15484.

  • 41-23728 Hot Stuff

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff was the 1st heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force to complete 25 missions even though the B-17 Memphis Belle wears the label. Hot Stuff crashed into a mountain in bad weather on its way back to the United States to tour the...

  • 41-23729 'Shoot Luke'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 328th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. TDY 9th AF, Benghazi. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, forced to abort. ...

  • 41-23732 Liberty Lass

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-24122 "Missouri Sue"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW). Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-24122 'Missouri Sue. ' An Fw190A-5 from JG 2/8, flown by Obfw. Josef Bigge, badly damaged the plane, shooting off part of the tail. Plane...

  • 41-24226 'Joisey Bounce' 'Utah Man'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Bremen, en route to target suffered a mid air collision with B-24 42-40765. 10 x KIA. 13-Nov-43. MACR 2179.

  • 41-28590

    B-24 Liberator
    29 March 1944, two B24s collided over Henham, a few miles from Halesworth airfield. 9 Crew of the 41-110033 died, and 7 of the 41-28590. During the rescue operations the bomb load of one of the Liberators exploded, killing 6 men from Halesworth

  • 41-28626 'Thunderbird'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Chateaudun A/C left formation and went into controlled dive, reason unknown. Crew baled out before it exploded on the ground. 5-Feb-44. 10 x POW. MACR 2925.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978).

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