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Harry Earl Hewes Jr



Units served with


  • 43-9673

    A-20 Havoc
    Shot down by AA fire near Le Ponchel on a mission to Frevent, France on 8 August 1944. Pilot 1Lt Peter Dontas KIA, gunner SSgt Arthur L. Nielsen KIA and mechanic/gunner SSgt William Edward Fields POW. MACR 7794

  • 43-9717

    A-20 Havoc

  • 43-9983

    A-20 Havoc

  • 43-9226

    A-20 Havoc

  • 43-9696

    A-20 Havoc

Associated Place

  • Keevil

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training station, Keevil was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 51 pan hardstandings, two T2 hangars and nine...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Warrington, Florida 13 July 1917
Lived in Pensacola, Florida 16 October 1920

280 West Mallory Street

Worked at the supply deport at Naval Air Station Pensacola

First 416th BG Combat Mission Vacquerie, France 18 March 1944
Shot Down/WIA/Captured Amiens, France 27 May 1944

Shot down on his 25th combat mission:

"As we were making the bomb run my aircraft took a direct hit from an 88mm shell that set fire to the cockpit and destroyed the nose of the plane. My left leg was broken by the flak hit. I dropped my bombs, pulled out of formation and then gave instructions for my crew to bail out at an altitude of 12,000 feet, which they did. I then bailed out myself. When I was approximately 200 feet from the ground some German soldiers started firing at me, but didn't hit me. I landed in the middle of Amiens at 2030 hours. I walked about 1 1/2 hours before getting on an operating table. The wound in my leg was sutured shut without any type of anesthetic being given. Three days later they amputated my leg with a spinal anesthetic being given. The hospital was filthy. The care was fair."

Moved to Paris Clichy, Paris, France 14 July 1944

Hopital Beaujon

Hewes was left in Paris when the Germans pulled out in August 1944. He reported his care by the French as excellent. He was returned to the UK late in August 1944 You can read his whole E&E report here:

Died Las Vegas, Nevada 9 March 1986


Date Contributor Update
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