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Thomas Albert Hoff

Military

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploseti raid in B-24 42-40753 'Ole Kickapoo' 1-Aug-43; A/C downed by flak and subsequent fire. One of two survivors from the crash. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 157

Awards: DSC, AM (OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory.

Service

People

  • Lloyd Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lloyd Herbert Hughes Jr., better known to his friends, as "Pete," flew his fifth mission, as pilot of a B-24D Liberator bomber in an attack against the Axis oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. He was killed August 1, 1943 when his plane was severely...

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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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40753

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40753, was a Consolidated B-24D bomber from the 389th Bombardment Group, of the 8th Air Force, and the 564th Bomb Squadron from England. It's Command Pilot on Operation Tidal Wave, was 2nd Lt. Lloyd Hughes, and his crew. They flew on...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin 13 May 1923

Son of Albert Hoff and Onalee Ranguette.

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 1 October 1942

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Based 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Timisul de Jos, Romania 1 August 1943 – September 1944

POW Camp: Sub-Lagarule Timis, Timisul de Jos, Roumania 45-21; Or Largarule Prizoiniero #2, 13,14, 18 Timisul de Jos, Roumania 45-21

Force Landed POW Ploesti, Romania 1 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Ploseti raid in B-24 42-40753 'Ole Kickapoo' 1-Aug-43; A/C downed by flak and subsequent fire. POW MACR 157

Died Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA 11 August 2011
Buried Summit Cemetery, Summit Corners, Waukesha County, WI 17 August 2011

Summit Cemetery, Summit Corners, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2021 15:19:14 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29417812
https://www.fold3.com/image/686469090
https://www.fold3.com/record/285539721/thomas-a-hoff-social-security-dea...
https://www.fold3.com/record/84454626/thomas-a-hoff-wwii-army-enlistment...
https://militaryhallofhonor.com/honoree-record.php?id=313992
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/25201353/thomas-albert-hoff

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2021 08:48:37 Rajordan Changes to events
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial #25201353

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2019 13:42:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and mission associations
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Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 20:37:38 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added events (Born, Died & Buried) per info on Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 25201353.

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 19:29:28 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
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Added S/N & POW camp info from National Archives for WW2 POWs.

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 19:25:05 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Added a space to "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2016 22:42:32 Rajordan Changes to middlename
Sources

Grave marker: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=25201353

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 16:19:02 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 157, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I p. 223

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