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William Craig Hunter

Military

William Craig Hunter was from Wheeling, West Virginia. He proudly served in the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group, 3rd Division, 412 Squadron. Stationed at Horham, England, he was a B-17 co-pilot from 10/2/1944 to 12/30/1944 and pilot from 1/14/1945 to 3/19/1945. He received the Air Medal for the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany on 11/5/1944. On the March 18, 1945 mission to Berlin flak entered the cockpit with a fragment hitting him, resulting in the presentation of a Purple Heart. On 3/6/1945 he was assigned to plane 339177. He and the crew named it the "Blessed Event", in the event they would complete their missions. Every year until his death, he would call his crew on 3/19 (last mission) and spend a quiet day with his wife Barbara.

Service

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-39177 The Blessed Event

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 23/12/44; Dow Fd 3/1/45; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Y/L] Horham 7/1/45; on 19/3/45 with W.C. Hunter, obs-R.B. Adams [wia]; 55m, Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance...

Missions

  • 658

    2 October 1944

  • 665

    5 October 1944

  • 667

    6 October 1944

  • 688

    25 October 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2018 22:50:48 Blessed Event Changes to media associations
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Matt Webster

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2018 06:32:04 Blessed Event Changes to biography
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Matt Webster

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2018 06:30:25 Blessed Event Changes to mission associations
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Matt Webster

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2018 06:24:13 Blessed Event Changes to mission associations
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Matt Webster

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2018 05:35:04 Blessed Event Changes to biography
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Matt Webster

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2018 05:21:07 Blessed Event Changes to media associations
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Matt Webster

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2018 05:17:27 Blessed Event Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards and media associations
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Matt Webster

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:46 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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