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James Coleman Hicks IV


Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24561 The Duchess, "Sure Stuff"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-T] Bangor 10/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 59m transferred 1 Base Air Depot (sic),* Burtonwood 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Altus 18/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. Over...

  • 43-37537 Queen of Hearts

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; PFF aircraft transferred to 350BS/100BG [LN-T/Y] Thorpe Abbotts 30/5/44; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Molesworth 7/6/44; Returned to the USA Walnut Ridge 10/1/46. QUEEN OF HEARTS.

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Henderson County, KY 16 April 1919

Son of James Coleman III and Elsie [Kockritz] Hicks.

Enlisted Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN 5 January 1942

Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana

Based Molesworth 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Hanson, KY 30 July 2011
Buried Fairmont Cemetery Henderson, Henderson County, KY August 2011

Fairmont Cemetery
Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky


Date Contributor Update
18 May 2021 17:51:53 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:11 AAM AAM ingest

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