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Val R Hannon

Military

1-May-42 Assigned to the 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho as an Aerial Gunner but records do not indicate an aircraft assigment at that time. Based on his limited mission participation it is likely that he was just a "spare" gunner, probably assigned to some ground duty. It is likely that he arrived in the UK aboard a ship with the ground eschelon and the traveled by lorry to Molesworth.

On 23-Jan-43 in B-17F #41-24584 "Susfu" while serving as a substitute for the regular Left Waist Gunner. The aircraft was shot down by enemy fighters on return from mission to Lorient, France. Aircraft crashed at Abbey Pleyben near Edern, France. He parachuted to safety and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW).

He participated in 2 Operations (1 was aborted) See Biography events.

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24584 Susfu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F #41-24584 "Susfu" was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Q] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 while on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Attacked by German FW-190 fighters and crashed at...

  • 42-2966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Utah, USA 8 February 1914
Enlisted Fort Douglas, Salt Lake City, UT 84113, USA 12 March 1942
Assigned to Unit Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Asssigned as an Aerial Gunner with the 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, but no record could be located indicating that he was assigned to an aircraft at that time.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth UK with the ground eschelon.

Mission #1, SGT Val B. Hannon, w/ B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Left Wasit Gunner on B-17F 42-2996, 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot ot abort the sortie.

Based Molesworth 22 January 1943
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 23 January 1943 – 12 June 1945

Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Gneikendorf (near Krems), Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 12-Jun-45.

Mission #2, SGT Val B. Hannon, w/ B-17F 41-224584, 303BG/427BS - POW Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Loreint, France. The aircraftwas shot down by enemy aircraft but he managed to bale out and was captured as a Prisoner of War.

Lived in Monroe, UT 84754, USA 1970
Died Monroe, UT 84754, USA 19 August 1971
Buried Monroe City Cemetery, Monroe, UT 84754, USA 22 August 1971

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 20:11:02 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 21:52:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Corrected initial assigment to location and Assigned to Aircraft location per 303BG records, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 00:27:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43 http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 00:23:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42 http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 00:16:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 00:14:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event pere 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 00:10:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016. Added intial assignment to Summary Biography, made connections to aircraft and mission participation based on my research of 303BG Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2015 18:17:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 28-Jan-2015. Added POW event location per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2015 10:10:06 Lucy May Changes to middlename, highest rank, awards and events
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Changed middle initial from 'B' to 'R' based on the 303rd Bomb Group roster (http://303rdbg.com/rost-hij.html#H) and enlistment record: http://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=F...

Findagrave record: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=hannon&GSfn=val&GS...

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2015 09:53:35 Lucy May Changes to events
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Note: had been recorded in Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor data as 'Val R Nannen'

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2015 22:55:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 22-Jan-2015. Added SN per MACR 15571; Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data: Crafted Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://303rdbg.com/rost-hij.html#H

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