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William James Hess


Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour of duty. Returned to ETO with the 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF until July 1945 [Documents accompany database form]

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME, DUC.



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    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions ETO. Ended tour Duty (ETD). Went on to complete 23 x combat missions on B-29's in the pacific. Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron
  • 449th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29529 NORA 2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Brookley 8/3/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG Thurleigh 24/3/43; transferred 422BS/305BG [JJ-L] Chelveston 10/43; then to 545BS/384BG [JD-U] Grafton Underwood 6/11/43; returning from Bremen 13/12/43...

  • 41-31773 'Flak Bait'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. During the course of its service life of 207 missions, with bombing runs over France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany, it was perforated with over 1000 holes, twice returned with only one engine operating, once...

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Born Pittsfield, Massachusetts 12 June 1920

Son Xavier Francis Hess and Louise A [Michel] Hess.

Enlisted Springfield, MA 7 January 1942

Springfield, Massachusetts

Based Chelveston 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Andrews Field 1945 – July 1945

Assigned to 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Tuczon, AZ 29 October 2013
Buried Evergreen Memorial Park, Tucson, Pima County, AZ 31 October 2013

Evergreen Memorial Park
Pima County, AZ


Date Contributor Update
08 October 2019 19:16:42 Al_Skiff Changes to events and media associations

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2019 19:15:17 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:18 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self