Melvin John Hames

Military

Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237902 'Sure Thing', while serving as the role of "Tail Gunner". He would become a Prisoner of War (POW) along with the rest of his crew, spending the rest of the war at Stalag XVII-B.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-694638
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18187769
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37544827
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-741509
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-804659
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hell's Bells/Sure Stuff
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Williams, Iowa, USA 22 June 1917

Enlisted

Fort Des Moines, Iowa, USA 12 June 1942

Other

Shot down

Barnewitz, Germany 18 April 1944 Shot down over a mission to Oranienburg, Germany, while on B-17 42-37902, while manning the tail gun. Would later become a POW.

Other

Prisoner Of War

Stalag XVII-B, Austria 18 April 1944 Served roughly 13 months as a POW at Stalag 17B.

Other

Discharged

4 October 1945

Died

Alden, Iowa, USA 13 December 1991

Buried

Saint Mary's Cemetery, Williams, Iowa, USA 13 December 1991

Based

Framlingham Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF.

Revisions

Date18 Nov 2021 00:51:49
ContributorCastleBren
Sources

390th Bomb Group records

Date27 Sep 2014 18:20:02
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4013 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database