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Ernest James Hoppe

Military

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded with Capt Douglas Hoverkamp and 1Lt Frank Paisano. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 287

Awards: AM (OLC), American Campaign and Defense, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Clement Budelman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44 in B-17 42-31040; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded (EVD) MACR 2873. ...

  • Douglas Hoverkamp

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded with T/Sgt Orvin V. Taylor and 1Lt Frank Paisano. EVD. MACR 2873 ...

  • Howard Lawson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded (EVD) MACR 2873.

  • Frank Paisano

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded initially with Capt Douglas Hoverkamp and T/Sgt Orvin V...

  • Warren Prosperi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 20 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded with Capt Douglas Hoverkamp and 1Lt Frank Paisano....

  • Wendell Shepard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2873. ...

  • Meyles Sheppard

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29 January 1944. Shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded (EVD) MACR 2873. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 734....

  • Benjamin St John

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded (EVD) MACR 2873. ...

  • Orvin Taylor

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 20 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded with Capt Douglas Hoverkamp and 1Lt Frank Paisano....

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31040 Duffy's Tavern

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Scott 21/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 27/9/43. [The crewmen shown in FRE 1236 would have been Captain Arvid Dahl's crew: ...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Clinton, MO 14 November 1922

Son of Ernest James Sr and Hallie [Marten] Hoppe.

Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, MO 24 May 1941

Jefferson Barracks, Missouri

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 29 January 1944

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 29 January 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Baled out POW Chenogne, Belgium 29 January 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; Baled out and evaded.

Died 4 March 2006
Buried Fort Custer National Cemetery Augusta, Kalamazoo County, MI 7 March 2006

Fort Custer National Cemetery
Augusta, Kalamazoo County, Michigan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2021 13:19:15 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17420633/ernest-james-hoppe

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2021 10:11:06 ED-BB Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2873

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2020 16:32:59 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28746283
https://www.fold3.com/record/84571813-ernest-j-hoppe-jr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17420633/ernest-james-hoppe

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2873 / MACR 2873, 8th AF Losses / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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