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Donald W Hamaker


Completed 36 combat missions from February 3, (Berlin) through April 16, 1945. Piloted "Lady Gay" to bomb Chemnitz but was forced down by flak in Ghent, Bel. on February 6, 1945. All crew survived. Flew A/C back to Deopham Green following repairs. Flew an additional 3 'Operation Chow Hound' food drops into Holland in early May, 1945. Awarded DFC, Air Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters). Remained in the USAF Reserve serving last with 728th MAS/452 MAW at March AFB Calif. Retired Lt. Col. USAF(R) in 1968.


Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-6165 Lady Gay

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 19/5/44; Kearney 30/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 11/6/44; on return from Chemnitz 6/2/45 with Don Hamaker, Co-pilot: Tony Hudson, Navigator: Dave Freeman, togg-T/Sgt Dan Winters, Flight engineer/top turret...


  • 817

    3 February 1945

  • 821

    6 February 1945

  • 8AF 830

    14 February 1945

  • 832

    15 February 1945

  • 833

    16 February 1945

  • 834

    17 February 1945

  • 835

    19 February 1945
    1,100 Heavies Hit Nazi Rails ...

  • 836

    20 February 1945
    "Continuing their offensive against the Nazi communications, 900 Fortresses of the 8th Air Force, attacking in two giant waves, thundered over Nuremberg yesterday to shower the cities huge railway yards and locomotive repair shops with more than 11,000...

  • 839

    21 February 1945

  • 841

    22 February 1945

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Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...


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17 July 2015 22:09:17 tlhamaker Changes to highest rank

Hamaker Family records

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24 June 2015 20:17:21 tlhamaker Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography and mission associations

Service and Personnel Files

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Military Personnel files

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27 September 2014 18:07:43 AAM AAM ingest

1999 Unit Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia