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  • Hilary Cole

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 416th Bomb Group
    Born to John and Mary Cole on May 5, 1920, Hilary was raised on the family farm near Tyndall, South Dakota, with strong Irish and Czechoslovakian influences. He was the sixth of seven sons. ...

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  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...

  • Melun

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Event Location Date
Born Cleveland, Ohio 8 May 1921
Lived in Cleveland, Ohio 16 February 1942

11024 Union Avenue

Worked for Euclid Road Machinery

Enlisted Cleveland, Ohio 23 September 1942
First 416th BG Combat Mission Bernay, France 4 March 1944
Wounded In Action/Purple Heart Wisques, France 19 March 1944

Captain Dunn was greeted by a piece of flak, coming through the right hand side of his windshield and received a scratch on his eyebrow. Mech gunner Chvatel of Lt. Cole's crew received a similar injury when a flak fragment entered the gunner's compartment. Cpl. Fiestl, turret gunner in Lt. Schouten's crew, received a small flesh wound in the leg.

Final 416th BG Combat Mission Kall, Germany 5 December 1944
Died Tustin, California 25 September 2008
Buried Riverside National Cemetery 28 September 2008

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA


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