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David Lionel Hanst


David joined the 91st Bomb Group in May 1944. He piloted Hikin’ for Home which he and his crew named as that is what they looked forward to after each target – hiking for home. After completing 35 missions, he returned to the United States where he flew for
the Air Transport Command. (Written by son David)

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew B-17 'Hikin' for Home' and 'Madame Shoo Shoo'. ETD
Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


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


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 Pittsburgh, PA 26 September 1918

Son of Lesta Moore Hanst.

Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA 13 January 1942

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Based Bassingbourn 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Huntington Beach, California 20 June 2017


Date Contributor Update
07 August 2021 00:51:17 acbernstein1 Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2021 21:23:46 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:57 AAM AAM ingest

8th AF News, June 2000 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia