Thomas H Hudson

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 17167 - Thomas H. Hudson Jr.

Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

According to the Escape and Evasion Report of the two survivors, Robert Anderson and Hugh C. Shields, the ship was set upon by fighters around 1100 hours about 5 kilometers west of St. Laurent Je Medoc. He stated that immediately after the first Fighter attack one engine had to be feathered and the tail controls were damaged. Tail Gunner Alton Brown reported to the Pilot, Allen C. Powell, that he was badly hurt and then the radio system went out. Anderson stated that Top Turret/Engineer Delmar C. Broyles told Anderson that he was going to the rear of the plane, via the bomb bay, to inform the others of the bail out instructions from the Pilot. As he was passing through the bomb bay the aircraft went into a crash dive. Anderson believes that Ball Turret gunner Goble Miracle was trapped in the Ball Turret. Anderson states that Co-Pilot Thomas H. Hudson Jr. was injured and assisting the pilot on an attempt to maintain control of the aircraft so the crew could bail out. Hudson told Anderson that he and Powell would set up the AFCE (Automatic Flight Control Equipment) and attempt to get back to England. Anderson states that he believes that Powell was injured in a cannon blast immediately prior to Andersons exit from the aircraft. He stated that the main portion of the cannon blast was in the area of the Pilots and Co-Pilots seats. The second survivor Hugh C. Shields stated that Broyles stuck his head into the nose compartment and told him and Anderson of the bail out order. Shields told Broyles to tell the pilot, Powell, that the bombs were still in the plane. As Shields and Anderson were bailing out of the Navigators escape hatch the plane went into a vertical dive with the right wing in flames and breaking off. The plane made violent aerobics and exploded upon striking the ground.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 410th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-685361
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 410th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38338600
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 410th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39247336
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 410th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13069243
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 410th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37233289
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Lil butch
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 410th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Oakland, California, USA 1921-06-05

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

33112 Saint Laurent-et-Benon, France 1944-01-05

Buried

Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial Plot D Row 12 Grave 2

Revisions

Date25 Feb 2020 02:51:56
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Removed a space in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date5 Jan 2020 21:28:39
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MACR

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MACR

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E&E reports

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E&E Reports 544 and 605

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Visalia Ca. High School Photo

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Cadet photo Ellington Field Class 43-D

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War Department Report of Death

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American Battle Monuments Commission

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Class Book Ellington Field Class 43D

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Class Book Ellington Field Class 43-D

Date10 Aug 2015 12:02:20
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Combined two entries for Thomas Hudson into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1891 and additional research by user 'ram957' (http://www.americanairmuseum.com/user/9305).

Date6 Aug 2015 23:43:45
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Research

Date6 Aug 2015 21:16:30
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MACR 1891

Date4 Aug 2015 19:12:38
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MACR 1891

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MACR 1891

Date4 Aug 2015 19:10:51
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MACR 1891

Date27 Sep 2014 18:25:57
ContributorAAM
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MACR 1891 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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