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Francis Warren Hoad


Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 56 x combat missions. Assisted pilot Lt Bingham in getting severely battle damaged B-17 42-39993 "Hells Angels" back to England after the Oscherleben mission, rest of crew baled out RTD

Shot down 10-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3939

Awards: DFC, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • George Bingham

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat mission. ETD ...

  • Gaston Fox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31511 'Fools Luck III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Presque Is 9/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Evere A/fd 10/4/44 with Gaston Fox, Co-pilot: Francis Hoad, Navigator: Darrel Wilson, Bombardier: Leon Mendelson, Ball...

  • 42-39993 'Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13', 'Grossly Inadequate'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Buffalo, Erie County, NY 15 March 1922

Son of Francis B and Marie Hoad.

Lived in Buffalo, New York 1942
Enlisted Buffalo, NY 22 July 1942

Buffalo, New York.

Based Deenethorpe November 1943 – 10 April 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 10 April 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12

Died Enid, OK 10 November 2012
Buried Enid Cemetery, Enid, OK 17 November 2012

Enid Cemetery
Garfield County, OK


Date Contributor Update
23 February 2020 11:02:48 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2020 03:56:39 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added a POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

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20 January 2020 00:04:28 jmoore43 Changes to awards

Added the awards mentioned in the "Summary biography" section.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 23:55:24 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2019 22:38:01 Al_Skiff Changes to events

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06 March 2019 10:27:55 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:09:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3939,