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Aaron Franklin Moses


Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD
Lille, France mission in B-24 41-23667 'Ball of Fire', plugged a gaping hole in the fuel lines by wrapping his hands around the 3" gash, thus ensuring his crew and aircraft made it home safely. Due to the freezing temperatures, he was relieved in turns by crewmates Orval Huff, Thaddeus Hawkins and Edward Eichmann.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Joseph Tate

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot / Command pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Shot down 22-Dec-43 in B-24 42-41002. Killed in Action (KIA). Tate was acting command pilot. MACR 2183 Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), Croix de Guerre ( with palm leaf), PH.

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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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23874 "Ball of Fire Junior"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 41-23667 'Ball of Fire' 'Barber Bob'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Waist gunner S/Sgt Arthur L Crandall made the 8AF first kill when he downed a Fw190 on 9-Oct-42. War-Weary became group's assembly ship decorated with multicoloured stripes hence the Barber's influenced renaming. ...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....


Event Location Date
Born Monroe, Louisiana 18 October 1922
Enlisted Jackson, MS 31 December 1940

Jackson, Mississippi

Based Hardwick 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died West Monroe, LA 13 April 1973
Buried Hasley Cemetery West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, LA 17 April 1973

Hasley Cemetery
West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana


Date Contributor Update
26 February 2021 19:44:20 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Stars and Stripes 17-10-42

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2015 21:02:17 apollo11 Changes to unit associations

Information correct as far as I know

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:43 AAM AAM ingest

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