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Donald Hansen

Military

KNO. December 1943 accident in B24#42-7550 which crashed near Attlebridge after an uncontrollable fire forced the crew to bale out. Hansen did not have time to escape. A/C was on a diversion flight from Tibenham. 1KNO 8 RTD

Service

People

  • Edward Cooper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Eugene Hickey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • A Kaufman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    29 December 1943 accident in B24#42-7550 which crashed near Alltebridge after an uncontrollable fire forced the crew to bale out. The pilot Donald Hansen did not have time to escape. A/C was ib a diversion flight from Tibenham. 1KNO 8 RTD

  • Clement Leone

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Arrived in England December 1943. Completed 5 missions. Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Bailed out, landed in Holland. Was with Dutch Underground six...

  • Richard McCormick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • William McKee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • John Sheppard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Emery Varga

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Donald Widmark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    29 December 1943 accident in B24#42-7550 which crashed near Attlebridge after an uncontrollable fire forced the crew to bale out. The pilot Donald Hansen did not have time to escape. A/C was ib a diversion flight from Tibenham. 1KNO 8 RTD ...

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Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 700th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington
Died 29 December 1943
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2017 14:12:37 Lucy May Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

Added Donald Hansen's name to the Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum.

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / History of the 445th Bomb Group by Rudolph Birsic
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56290423/donald-hansen

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2017 05:33:48 DRudell Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2017 05:04:45 DRudell Changes to person associations
Sources

Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Birsic, ABMC, 2AD Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 443 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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