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Harold Edward Moran Sr.

Military

My dad, Harold Moran, Sr. tried to enlist right out of high school in 1942, but because he was missing his lower molars they wouldn't accept him. He told the medical personnel, "I don't plan on biting the enemy, I plan on shooting them." He still wasn't accepted. However, in less than six months he was drafted into the army air corps.

He was stationed in England with the 8th air force, 3rd division, 4th wing. He was a radioman and waist gunner. He flew in a B-17 with the last four digits of the plane number 8884. The name of the airplane was Lil' Skippy - named after the pilot's son. The pilot was Howard Rippberger(?) He thinks they flew about 18 missions. About 12 were bombing runs near the end of the war and about 6 POW runs after the war.
They encountered some ground resistance with AAA and air resistance from the German air force. When he wasn't acting as a radioman, he was a waist gunner defending the plane against air attacks.
My dad never talked about the war much. When thanked for his service he simply says, "I just did what 12 million other boys did."
As of January 2020, my dad is still living along with my mother, four sons and their families.

Service

Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38884 Lil Skippy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/10/44; Hunter 7/11/44; Grenier 12/11/44; Assigned ? ; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 9/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/11/45.

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 27 December 1924

Farmer, Pike County, Missouri

Lived in 1942

Elsberry, Lincoln County, Missouri

Enlisted 3 June 1943

Jefferson Barracks, Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2021 10:47:18 hmoran4 Changes to events
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Date Contributor Update
04 May 2021 14:42:44 pamccolgan Changes to unit associations
Sources

Smith, D. (2006). Pictorial Tribute to the Men and Aircraft of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) 1943-1945 (1st ed.). Bishops Stortford, UK: East Anglia Books.

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2020 11:57:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
Unit History Roster, Enlisted Men, as of 01 August 1945.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 16:12:03 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

WWII Draft Card
NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 16:00:03 hmoran4 Changes to aircraft associations
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Hal Moran

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 15:24:58 hmoran4 Changes to biography
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Hal Moran

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 13:50:48 hmoran4 Changes to biography
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Hal Moran

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 13:49:09 hmoran4 Changes to role and biography
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As told to me by my dad

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 00:00:19 hmoran4 Changes to place associations
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As told by Harold Moran, Sr. to Harold Moran, Jr.

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2020 23:33:42 hmoran4 Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations and aircraft associations
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