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John Henry Hansen

Military

Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721.

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Cyrus Aidala

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: PH.

  • Sidney Benson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; Flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Baled out, and, upon landing, he surrendered to a German gun crew. They...

  • Walter Boykowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; Flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: PH.

  • Billy Gomillion

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; Flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: PH.

  • Sylvanus Haskell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA), MACR 6721. Awards: PH.

  • Jerome Levy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721 ...

  • Vernon Polzin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Jose Ramos

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group

  • John Sanders

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: PH.

  • Malcolm Stich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: 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. ...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 862nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-94812 LITTLE WARRIOR

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24H, 42-94812, named, LITTLE WARRIOR, was assigned to the 850th Bomb Squadron, the 490th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force USAAF. It was transferred to the 862nd Bomb Squadron, the 493rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force USAAF in Britain. It...

Missions

  • 447

    29 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Madison County, Idaho 10 February 1921

Son of Andrew H Hansen.

Lived in Camden, NJ 1942
Based Debach 29 June 1944

Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Steiniger Berg, 63628 Bad Soden-Salmünster, Germany 29 June 1944 – 29 June 1944

"Aircraft No. 812 flying in the Number 3 position in A group received a direct flak hit near No. 3 Engine at 0939 hours in the target area just after bombs away. It was enveloped in flames from the nose to the rear of the bomb bays. It fell out of formation and disintegrated at about 10, 000 feet."

Eight of the crew were found dead on the ground by German authorities that morning, a ninth body was found later. The tenth crewmember's body was discovered in a field, badly burned on July 11, 1944, and buried with the rest of the crew of LITTLE WARRIOR

Buried Fallersleben, Germany 30 June 1944

Interred
Fallersleben forest cemetery, Germany

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Neuville-en-Condroz
Arrondissement de Liège -
Liège, Belgium
Plot D, Row 2, Grave 16.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2021 12:32:58 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56358584/john-henry-hansen

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2021 13:45:13 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

Corrected grave data (see ABMC website > https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/hansen%3Djohn-7

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2019 15:41:42 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29099870
https://www.fold3.com/record/529854588-john-h-hansen
https://www.fold3.com/image/310770932?rec=299535284
Bloody Skies: U.S. Eighth Air Force Battle Damage in World War II By Nicholas A. Veronico
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56358584/john-henry-hansen

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2016 01:53:22 466thHistorian Changes to surname, service number, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/american-war-cemetery-ar...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 6721 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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