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Matthew Smith Hunter


Assigned to 730BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 12-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31334 '3 Cads and a Lad'. Plane crashed in North Sea. Returned to base. RTD

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



  • Leland Evers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31334 '3 Cads and a Lad'. Plane crashed in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Edward Kaminski

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 730th Squadron. ...

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Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107073 Silver Shed House

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 13/2/44; Kearney 21/2/44; Presque Is 4/4/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green [6K-J] 14/3/44; crash landed Honington base, Sfk. 30/7/44, repaired and returned to operations; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South...

  • 42-31334 Three Cads And A Lad

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Vandalia 21/10/43; Bunker Hill 10/11/43; Denver 20/11/43; Gt Falls 10/12/43; Nutts Corner (Belfast) 5/1/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG [6K- ] Deopham Green 6/1/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 12/4/44 with Leland Evers, Navigator: Jules Jacobs,...

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...


Event Location Date
Born Boone, IA 1 April 1922

Son of James S Hunter.

Enlisted Camp Dodge, Herrold, IA 17 October 1942

Camp Dodge, Herrold, Iowa

Based Deopham Green 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 730BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF.

Returned (RTD) North Sea 12 April 1944

Ditched North Sea 12-Apr-44. RTD

Died 7 December 1975
Buried Linwood Park Cemetery Boone, Boone County, IA 11 December 1975

Linwood Park Cemetery
Boone County, Iowa


Date Contributor Update
16 January 2022 13:29:23 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2022 11:54:54 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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01 September 2020 20:01:10 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3933 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database