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Melvin Leroy Hedrick

Military

Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Gates Carey crew. 32 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Gates Carey

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Served in Korean and Vietnam conflicts, flying B-29's and C-54's. Retired from USAF in 1971 at rank of Lt Colonel.

  • Robert Preller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Flak shell exploded close below aircraft - one fragment penetrated 'all but one' layer of the two flak vests Dad was sitting on. Heading for home from attacking Hamburg (probably 20 June 1944) he was awed by 'smoke AND FLAMES rising higher than bombing...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102500

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Grenier 20/4/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-L] Grafton Underwood 3/5/44; battle damaged Gerolstein, Ger; 2/1/45 with ?; AFSC, Salvaged 18/1/45.

  • 42-102501 The Challenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 11/4/44; Dowe Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-H] Grafton Underwood 12/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 with Robert Clax Long, Frederick Arnold Maki, Jack Coleman Cook (3 Killed in Action); Ralph John Vrana...

  • 42-102601 Bolo Babe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 18/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-K] Grafton Underwood 24/5/44; sustained battle damaged Mannheim 9/9/44 with Joseph G. Hartness, Co-pilot: Herbert H. Schaaf, Navigator: Clarence C. Hightshoe,...

  • 42-102617 DEVIL'S BRAT

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Dow Fieldd 14/4/44; Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron, 384th Bombardment Group, squadron code [SU-T] Grafton Underwood, Station 1056, UK on 7 May 1944; battle damaged Merkwiller, France on 3 August...

  • 42-102620 DE RUMBLE IZER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-P] Grafton Underwood 7/5/44; 546BS [BK-P], 544BS [SU-F]; damaged in taxi accident with 43-38721 with George Milligan 22/1/45; taxi accident 14/5/45 and nosed over...

  • 42-107058 White Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Grenier 29/2/44; force landed Gr Island with Rich Buttorff 8/3/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD- ] Grafton Underwood 24/4/44; 546BS [BK-C]; detailed Hannover 5/8/44 with Frank Mead, Co-pilot: Tom Daniel, Navigator...

  • 42-107083

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/2/44; Grenier 11/3/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-B] Grafton Underwood 6/4/44; 546BS [BK-B]; Missing in Action Koblenz 27/12/44 with Elmer Nelson, Bill Horan, Marton Dobrow, Derald Melton, Edmund Zaleski, Tom Raught, Ken Rohr (7 Killed...

  • 42-31222 Lazy Daisy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Memphis 24/10/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-D] Grafton Underwood 546 [BK-D] 23/11/43; Missing in Action Magdeburg (Berlin) 28/9/44 with Jim Brodie, Co-pilot: Lloyd Vevle, ng-Byron Atkins, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-97142 Thor, God of Thunder

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/2/44; Kearney 18/2/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 11/3/44; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-N] Grafton Underwood 12/3/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Ernest Hanlon, Co-pilot: Harry Vallere, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: ...

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Missions

  • 344

    8 May 1944

  • 347

    9 May 1944

  • 351

    11 May 1944

  • 355

    13 May 1944

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 384

    2 June 1944
    Operations on this day were specified for D minus 3 by the Overall Air Plan as modified by Headquarters A.E.A.F. All objectives were located in the Pas de Calais (Fortitude) area, the attacks having as their purpose deception of the enemy as to the...

  • 391

    4 June 1944

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Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 7 February 1923
Enlisted Fort Oglethorpe, GA 23 January 1943

Fort Oglethorpe Georgia

Based Grafton Underwood April 1944 – September 1944

Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion 19 June 1944

Promoted to Staff Sergeant.

Discharged USAAF 30 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Waverly, TN 2 September 1989
Buried Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Waverly, Humphreys County, TN 5 September 1989

Hillcrest Memorial Gardens
Waverly, Humphreys County, Tennessee

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2020 19:16:12 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/46704959-melvin-l-hedrick
https://www.fold3.com/record/88099503-melvin-l-hedrick
https://www.fold3.com/record/626454238-melvin-hedrick-1923
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=1660
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8747225/melvin-leroy-hedrick

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2019 08:41:22 jsherrod Changes to media associations
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personal photos

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2019 08:01:18 jsherrod Changes to aircraft associations
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daughter, Judy; 384 Bombardment Group

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2019 07:58:57 jsherrod Changes to aircraft associations
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daughter, Judy: 384 Bombardment Group

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2019 07:51:14 jsherrod Changes to aircraft associations
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daughter, Judy: 384th Bombardment Group

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2019 07:42:22 jsherrod Changes to place associations and mission associations
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daughter, Judy: 384th bombgroup

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2019 07:17:38 jsherrod Changes to service number and role
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daughter; cross referenced with 384th bombgroup service record

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=h...

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