Glenn Wilbur Hoffman

Military ROLL OF HONOUR
media-21477.png UPL 21477 Glenn W. Hoffman in California (photo via Glenn Hoffman’s family)

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Object Number - UPL 21477 - Glenn W. Hoffman in California (photo via Glenn Hoffman’s family)

Glenn Hoffman graduated from high school in 1939 after 4 years at Highland Park High School, Highland Park, Illinois. He worked for awhile as a stableman in a riding stable. He was, then, employed at the Chicago Union Station in the Chicago office of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific railroad.



He enlisted in the the U.S. Army Air Corps April 1942 and took his basic training in Santa Ana, California, earning his Bombardier Wings at Roswell, New Mexico, on 5 March 1943 and his Navigator Wings on 5 July 1943, at San Marcos, Texas. He took combat crew training at Denver, Colorado, and joined Lt. Wayne Fox's crew at the end of October, 1943, in Lincoln, Nebraska, before shipping over to England the following month. Nov, 43.



Glenn was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 2nd Division, the 446th Bomb Group, in the 705th Bomb Squadron, based at Station 125, at Bungay, England.



As an experienced and capable navigator, Lt. Hoffamn was flying on his 30th mission as Lead Navigator on board the B-24H, 42-100315, Quivering Box, on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. His Liberator was hit by flak on the return from the mission, wounding him in the back.



The plane exploded in mid air before he could get out, and he went down with the ship, killed in action (KIA). He had written to his parents on July 20 that he was about to complete his 30th and final mission before returning home, and added “Tomorrow I will write you the glad news”. But, of course, he never did.

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Units served with

A flight of B-24 Liberators of the 446th Bomb Group fly in formation above the clouds.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 705th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18049224 & O-434031
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 705th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34185329
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 364th Fighter Group 446th Bomb Group 482nd Bomb Group 496th Fighter Training Group 384th Fighter Squadron 555th Fighter Training Squadron 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron 705th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-742573 and 18070917 on enlisting
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot, C Flight Commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 705th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-817328
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 705th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14161707
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Quivering Box
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 705th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Werewolf/Princess ORourke
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 705th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Aerial photograph of Bungay (Flixton) airfield, looking south, the technical site- with T2 hangar- and control tower are to the right, where the main airfield gate is also situated, 16 October 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/930. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Flixton

Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Document
  • Collection Name: William L Beigel Collection
  • Object Number: Document 22357
  • Description: Extract from Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for Lieutenant Glenn Wilbur Hoffman of the 446th Bomb Group researched by historian Bill Beigel...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Illinois, United States 15 April 1921 the son of Walter L. and Jennie E. (Morton) Hoffman

Enlisted

Chicago, Illinois, United States 7 April 1942 as a Private in the Air Corps

Other

Killed In Action (KIA)

Tholen, Holland, The Netherlands 21 July 1944 Hit in the back by a Flak shell, he was still in the B-24 when it exploded in mid-air and went down with it.

Buried/ Commemorated

Berg-op-Zoom, The Netherlands 22 July 1944 Initially buried at the military cemetery in Bergen-op-Zoom (Ruytershoveweg)
West Deerfield, Lake County, Illinois, United States

Buried/ Commemorated

After the war, Glenn's remains were brought to Margraten where he rests at Plot N, Row 10, Grave 2

Revisions

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Best Web - B-24H - 42-100315 - Quivering Box

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Associated media and chose key image

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Added details to biography; added photos

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MACR 7250
NARA WWII Enlistment records
US 1940 Census
ABMC website
Contacts with family of Navigator Glenn Hoffman

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IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7250 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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