Joined Sqd 3/20/42. ETO/Flight Echelon 10/2/42.
Killed in Action (KIA) (St Nazaire) on January 3, 1943 B-24 #41-23806 'Bat Out of Hell' crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. Pilot Hilliard was killed.
He went on Sub patrol in the months of April and May with Lt. Diehl and Capt O'Brien over the Gulf of Mexico. They flew a ship from the 66th squadron and used men from the 68th for the crew. On 10 July 1942 they destroyed a submarine at 2010 hours.
Units served with
The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...
B-24D 41-23806 "Bat out of Hell" was assigned to 44BG/68BS at Shipdham, UK. The aircraft was despatched 3-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Aircraft returned to England but ran out of fuel and crashed south-west of...
3 January 1943
The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...
Military site : airfield
Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...
|Killed on Mission (KOM)
||Haverfordwest, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, UK
||5 January 1943
Died of injuries 5-Jan-43 received in the crash landing of the aircraft on 3-Jan-43 upon return from a mission to St. Nazaire, France. The American Battle Monuments Commission has no record that his remains are currently interred in any American cemetery in Europe. It is possible that his remains were repatriated to the United States after the war.