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George W Hall

Military

Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Joined the 44th on 31-Jan-44 and was shot down 3 weeks later. Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach on a mission to an A/C factory at Gotha on 24-Feb-44 in B-24D 41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW). Life was saved by 1st Lt James A Schroeder who donned his chute, assisting him out of the stricken aircraft, his eyes having been damaged in the action.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME, PH.

Service

People

  • David Alexander

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 3/16/43. DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43. Returned to base 8/26/43. DS/Tunis 9/16/43. Completed tour 8/10/44. Trans/ 93 CBW 4/28/44. Flew on 'Ploesti 'raid on 1 Aug 43 Retired as Lt Col.

  • James Schroeder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24-Feb-44 in B-24 41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2922 ...

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24225 'Flak Alley'

    B-24 Liberator
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943. ...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets which it is thought will frustrate concentration...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kent County, MI, USA 1923
Lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA 1942
Enlisted Kalamazoo, MI, USA 29 October 1942
Based Shipdham 31 January 1944 – 24 February 1944

Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 24 February 1944 – April 1944

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Shot down Eisenbach, Germany 24 February 1944

Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha on 24-Feb-44 in B-24D 41-24225 'Flak Alley'. WIA. POW.

Repatriated Switzerland April 1944

Repatriated with both eyes damaged.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 09:43:11 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28762446

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 02:13:27 Rachmarie0628@gmail.com Changes to media associations
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George W. Hall & Louise Hall
September of 1943

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2016 14:43:33 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
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Daughter of James Schroder [ directly from her father and also Charles Freeburgh, Flight Engineer on Flak Alley 2-24-44 ]
https://www.fold3.com/page/84412718_george_w%20hall/details/

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 18:11:06 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2922 / MACR 2922, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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