John Edward Hand Jr

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

John E. Hand Jr was a Co-Pilot in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay. A member of the Charles W. Haney crew, he replaced Pilot Eric H. Sherman's regular co-pilot on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. John Hand was on B-24 “Quivering Box” # 42-100315 when it was hit by Flak that day. Injured in the stomach, some of his fellow crew members threw him out of the stricken Liberator. Apparently, his parachute didn't function, as his body was found dead on the ground by the Germans in the area of the crash, near Tholen, The Netherlands. Killed in Action (KIA)

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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: 34185329
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 705th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16077659 and O-741175
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 705th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14161707
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 705th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32479033
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Quivering Box
  • 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

Events

Event Location Date Description

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Killed In Action (KIA)

near Tholen, The Netherlands 21 July 1944 Injured in the stomach, he was helped out of the aircraft by fellow crewmemn. Apparently, his parachute didn't function properly as his body was found dead on the ground in the area of the crash

Buried/ Commemorated

Berg-op-Zoom, The Netherlands 22 July 1944 Initially buried at the military cemetery in Bergen-op-Zoom (Ruytershoveweg) Berg-op-Zoom, The Netherlands. His remains were later

Born

Bronx, New York
Bronx, New York, United States

Revisions

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Sources

MACR 7250
446th BG website : http://www.446bg.com/

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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7250