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Jerrold Madison Hopkins

Military

KIA in B17F 41-24469 while serving as Waist Gunner. Participated in mission of 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France that was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St. Eval, Cornwall. Planes were weatherbound for 3 days there. Took off on the January 7, but weather closed in and Pilot Brandon was forced to return to St. Eval. One landing attempt was unsuccessful and plane pulled up to make a second attempt but was never seen or heard from again.

Air Medal, Purple Heart

Service

People

  • George Buckey

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    His first assignment was with the 17th Bombardment Wing at Pendleton, OR flying B-25s when the war broke out. Then he was with the 303rd (15 Apr 1942) at Boise, ID flying B-17s where he volunteered for an undisclosed mission which turned out to ... ...

  • Walter Coons

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Was on Buckey and Rader crews. From September 1942 to October 1944. Was Group Bombardier. DFC 1 OCL; AM 7 OCL; Croix de Guerre

  • George Klucick

    Military | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew on George Buckey crew.

  • Lemuel Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Missing in Action (MIA) in B17 41-24469 while serving as Navigator. Participated in mission on 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France that was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St. Eval...

  • William Standish

    Military | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24469

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 16-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; on return from St Nazaire 3-Jan-43 landed RAF St Eval, Cornwall. Next day on t/o for Thurleigh, Bed. in poor weather crashed into the Celtic Sea near RAF St. Eval 7-Jan-43. 10KIS No MACR...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hemet California 23 October 1923

Born to Jesse and Ola Rensler Hopkins

Killed on Mission (KOM) Saint Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27, UK 7 January 1943

Killed when aircraft crashed into the Celtic Sea near RAF St. Eval while attempting to return to Thurleigh.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2021 00:05:38 JScheidt Changes to person associations
Sources

My Life in the Service JM Hopkins

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2021 23:39:38 JScheidt Changes to media associations
Sources

My Life in the Service Diary of JMS

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2021 23:13:31 JScheidt Changes to middlename and events
Sources

From the "My Life in the Service" diary of Jerrold Madison Hopkins which I inherited from my grandmother Ola Hopkins

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 21:26:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to role and biography
Sources

Kee Cunningham 18-Jan-2015. Corrected crew position in Service and Description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 21:18:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Jan-2015. Added SN per MACR 16102; added KOM event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added decoration and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; added crew position and minor edits to Description.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey Vol. 1 p. 62 WWII Memorial web site. 306th BG Squadron Diaries 1942-45 p. 8 MIA in B17 41-24469. Mission on January 3 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France was successful b / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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