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Richard S. Hosman Crew
398th BG - 601st BS

Standing Left to Right: Richard S. Hosman (P), Roland D. Mundhenke (CP), Donald J. Coffee (N), Walter P. James (B)

Kneeling Left to Right: Floyd R. Aaron (FE), Jerauld N. Clements (R/O), William H. Brown (WG), Frederick W. Hinze (WG), Theodore P. Blank (TG), Leon R. Kershaw (BTG)

B-17G-60-BO #42-102854 "Arkansas Rambler" 222nd CCTS - Ardmore, OK



  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron


  • Floyd Aaron

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner
    Missing in Action (MIA) 13 April 1945 Neugmunster, Germany. Bombs from one of our planes in the formation exploded in mid-air after release and damaged this aircraft.

  • Theodore Blank

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner

  • Jerauld Clements

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator

  • Don Coffee

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator; Radar Navigator
    Missions from October 1944 to May 1945. DFC

  • Frederick Hinze

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner

  • Richard Hosman

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Col. USAF Ret. ...

  • Walter James

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Lead Bombardier; Navigator
    Air Medal; DFC both with Oak Leaf Cluster's

  • Leon Kershaw

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Roland Mundhenke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot


  • 42-102854 Arkansas Rambler

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/4/44; Ardmore 25/4/44; used by 452BG in training; 222 BU Ardmore 22/1/45; 332 BU Ardmore 16/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 24/8/45.


  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Date Contributor Update
17 June 2016 02:38:28 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations