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Julian M Hexum


Julian Hexum married Janet Hegele before shipping out in December 1942 with the 91st Bomber Group. A bombardier/navigator with 322 Squadron he flew on some 25 missions and was awarded the DFC.

He stayed on in the Air Force until 1965, serving in the Korean conflict and retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was an 'avid' outdoorsman, enjoying travel, camping and fishing and also raised horses and Airedale and Welsh terriers. He died 17th January 2003 being survived by his wife and their five children.



  • James McPartlin

    Military | Brigadier General | Squadron Commander | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    November 9, 1942 The first low level bombing of the sub pens St. Nazaire, France--10,000; Schweinfurt March 24, 1944; Berlin May 19, 1944; Poesnan May 29, 1944; D-Day June 6, 1944. On D-Day flew the only unauthorized mission with no bombs,no guns, no...

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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29591 'The Shamrock Special'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/1/43; Rapid City 21/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Salina 31/3/43; Memphis 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-K] Alconbury 22/4/43; 2m, transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-Z] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; AFSC 15/4/44; Returned to the USA...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Polk County, WI 17 April 1917

Son of Oscar and Clara Hexum.

Died Boise, ID 17 January 2003
Buried Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens Meridian, Ada County, ID 20 January 2003

Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens
Ada County, Idaho,


Date Contributor Update
17 June 2021 17:36:09 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2020 11:29:09 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, role, biography and unit associations

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 91st Bomb Group related to the service of Julian Hexum.