John L Hahn

Military
Two airmen of the 398th Bomb Group examine the damaged tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress. media-380494.jpg FRE 1686 Two airmen of the 398th Bomb Group examine the damaged tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Damaged received while on the April 8,1945 mission to Derben, Germany. Just after bombs-away a direct hit by flak completely tore the tail gunner position away and disabled the rudder controls. The tail gunner, S/Sgt. Wallace E. Kasch, was carried away without his chute, his remains were never found. It took the skill of the two pilots, Lt. Col. Edwin B. Daily and 1st Lt. John L. Hahn, to get the aircraft back to base using the engines for directional control. MACR 13869 Roger Freeman Collection

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Object Number - FRE 1686 - Two airmen of the 398th Bomb Group examine the damaged tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Damaged received while on the April 8,1945 mission to Derben,...

Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Derben mission 8-Apr-45 in B-17 44-8811 hit in tail by direct flak hit, skills of both pilots required to return the A/C to base for crash landing, directional control was by control of engines only.

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The insignia of the 398th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 398th Bomb Group 600th Bomb Squadron Headquarters (398th Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-437440
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot, Squadron Commander, Group Operations Officer

Aircraft

An airman stands inside the severely-damaged nose of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8811) of the 398th Bomb Group. Official caption printed on image: 'A/C 44-8811, (GAD- 144-4-398)(8-4-45)(Flak Damage & Crash Landing).'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 398th Bomb Group 600th Bomb Squadron

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Nuthampstead Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF.

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398th History / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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