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Robert Hon


Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Regular tail gunner for Lofton crew flying on B-24 'Lucky Penny II'. Missed mission on 17-Oct-44 due to influenza. ETD

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • William Lofton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    On 17 Oct 1944 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to base. Killed in Action (KIA) on 1 April 1945. B-24 A/C #44-10577 'Lucky...

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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. ...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-95312 Lucky Penny

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 734th Bomb Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group. The aircraft completed its first mission on 9 May 1944. It was the second aircraft to be named Lucky Penny after Penelope, the pet dog of Pilot Nicholas Radosevich. ...

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...


Event Location Date
Born Cameron County, TX 28 March 1923
Enlisted San Antonio, TX 3 December 1942

San Antonio, Texas

Based Old Buckenham 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Houston, TX 6 March 2002


Date Contributor Update
19 May 2019 10:46:34 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Liberator Men of Old Buc