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Robert Sheridan Hodgen




  • Lester Hess

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97328 Heaven's Above

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/44; Gr Island 5/3/44; Grenier 22/3/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 23/3/44; on mission to ? 31/7/44 with E.F. Fowler (9 Returned to Duty); Bombardier: Jim Wilkie (Killed in Action); taxi accident with Herbert Shule 3/5/45;...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born San Luis Obispo, California 4 January 1923
Died Monterey, CA, USA 13 October 2006

Monterey – Long-time resident Robert Sheridan Hodgen, 83, passed away peacefully at the Westland House in Monterey on Friday, October 13, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janice Hodgen; his daughters, Mary Brown of Sierra Vista, Arizona, and Joanne Crosta of Davis, California; and grandchildren Scott and Chad Brown, and Peter and Morgan Crosta. He is also survived by his quintuplet great-grandchildren, their mother Amber Brown, his sister Mary Jane Wilkinson, sons-in-law Ken Brown and Steve Crosta, and many nieces and nephews.
Bob, as he was known to his friends and family, was born in Morro Bay, California, to Jacob and Almira Hodgen who moved to Pacific Grove with their six children in 1926. After graduating from Pacific Grove High School in 1941, he began construction jobs that included driving trucks for war-time projects in Utah. It was there that he met Janice, and married her on August 6, 1944, one month after enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was assigned to the European theater and served as co-pilot on the B-17 bomber known as "Heavens Above," earning military honors. At the war's end, Bob became a heavy equipment mechanic for Pebble Beach Company, where he was employed for 41 years.
He will be remembered as a devoted family man who built his own home, could fix anything, and, especially loved dancing with his wife. Cremation has occurred and a celebration of his life is being planned. Remembrances may be made to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

Buried Monterey, CA, USA 16 October 2006

Monterey City Cemetery
Monterey County
California, USA


Date Contributor Update
31 July 2015 02:10:23 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

388th BGA website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:07 AAM AAM ingest

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