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James P Hodges Jr.


James P Hodges Jr. served as a pilot with the 56th Fighter Group during World War II.

His P-47D-22-RE Thunderbolt (LM-Cbar, serial number 42-26060) crash-landed near Kornelimünster, Germany on 18 September 1944. Hodges broke his leg in the crash and was hospitalized.
He eventually returned to the United States and served in the United States Air Force until his death in 1958. James died in a motor vehicle accident while stationed at Hahn Air Base as a F-86D Sabre pilot with the 496th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.

In his son's words:
"As the son of an Army Air Corps officer, my father's destiny was set. After a relatively short stint as a P47 pilot (crash landed in Germany), he continued with the AF, first as a MATS pilot and then into jet fighters. He died when I was five, so memories are few."



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    Military | Major General | Commanding General
    Major General James P Hodges served as Commanding General of the 2nd Air Division from 13 September 1942 to 1 August 1944. He retired 30 September 1951. His son, James P Hodges II, served as a fighter pilot with the 56th Fighter Group.

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Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-26060

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47D-22-RE Thunderbolt (serial number 42-26060) was marked up as CV-O when it was with the 368th Fighter Squadron of the 359th Fighter Group. ...


  • 639

    18 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
Broke his leg in a P-47 crash Kornelimünster, 52076 Aachen, Germany 18 September 1944
Died Wiesbaden, Germany 27 December 1958

MV accident while stationed at Hahn AB as F86D pilot with 496th FIS.


Date Contributor Update
10 June 2015 09:33:31 Lucy May Changes to biography

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09 June 2015 13:39:01 Lucy May Changes to biography, events and media associations

Spelt out abbreviations in the Biography field for ease of understanding and added a few more details of James P Hodges Jr's service to that field.

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02 April 2015 03:40:34 JPH3 Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Info submitted by James P Hodges III, son of James P Hodges Jr.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list /