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Billy J Hancock

Military

Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Andrew Creo

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Killed in B-29 mid air collision.

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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107004

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 23/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-S] Kimbolton 23/3/44; battle damaged Frankfurt 5/11/44 with ?; Salvaged 2 SAD 7/11/44.

  • 42-107146 Mairzy Doats

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/3/44; Gr Island 12/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; ...

  • 42-31083 Tenny Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; ...

  • 42-31085 Anita Marie / Mehitabel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-D] Kimbolton 6/10/43; transferred 525BS [FR-D]; Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with John Riedman, Navigator: Dave Sarfaty, Radio Operator: Edmund Moreno, Ball turret gunner: Pete...

  • 42-31592 No Body's Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Wendover 10/12/43; Presque Is 19/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 22/1/44; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-R] Kimbolton 18/3/44; crashed on take off with Harry Watson after stalling 23/1/45; Salvaged.

  • 42-37859

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/9/43; Gr Island 2/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Kimbolton 19/10/43; force landed Gr Island, Ne with Don McMillan 1/11/43; with Herb Wright force landed St Angelo, Nth Ireland 12/2/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 8/7/44 with Willis Jones,...

  • 42-38058 The Wish Bone

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Albuquerque 3/12/43; Wendover 3/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 22/1/44; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-C] Kimbolton 18/3/44. ...

  • 42-38082

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 26/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N.I. 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-L] Kimbolton 29/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Capt Lytle Shumake, Co-pilot: George Smith, Navigator: Regis Savage, Bombardier:...

  • 42-38161 SARA JANE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BF [FR-O] Kimbolton 19/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 7/5/44 with Clarry Darnell, Co-pilot: John Jones, Radio Operator: Tom Wilkens, Ball turret gunner: Bill Snider, Waist gunner: Lewis Rule...

  • 42-38183 The Lost Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged during raid on Magdeburg 28/9/44. Took out 2 engines on one wing, flak came through the windshield and glass got into...

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Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Perry, IA 12 December 1921
Enlisted Camp Dodge, Herrold, IA 5 November 1942

Camp Dodge, Herrold, Iowa

Based Kimbolton April 1944 – June 1944

Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 15 February 1996
Buried Violet Hill Cemetery, Perry, Dallas County, IA 18 February 1996

Violet Hill Cemetery
Perry,
Dallas County, IA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2019 19:54:54 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/84610220-billy-j-hancock
https://www.fold3.com/record/621364619-billy-hancock-1921
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=3107
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16281498/billy-j-hancock

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