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Glenn Wilbur Hoffman

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Glenn Hoffman graduated from high school in 1939 after 4 years at Highland Park High School, Highland Park, Illinois. He worked for awhile as a stableman in a riding stable. He was, then, employed at the Chicago Union Station in the Chicago office of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific railroad.

He enlisted in the the U.S. Army Air Corps April 1942 and took his basic training in Santa Ana, California, earning his Bombardier Wings at Roswell, New Mexico, on 5 March 1943 and his Navigator Wings on 5 July 1943, at San Marcos, Texas. He took combat crew training at Denver, Colorado, and joined Lt. Wayne Fox's crew at the end of October, 1943, in Lincoln, Nebraska, before shipping over to England the following month. Nov, 43.

Glenn was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 2nd Division, the 446th Bomb Group, in the 705th Bomb Squadron, based at Station 125, at Bungay, England.

As an experienced and capable navigator, Lt. Hoffamn was flying on his 30th mission as Lead Navigator on board the B-24H, 42-100315, Quivering Box, on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. His Liberator was hit by flak on the return from the mission, wounding him in the back.

The plane exploded in mid air before he could get out, and he went down with the ship, killed in action (KIA). He had written to his parents on July 20 that he was about to complete his 30th and final mission before returning home, and added “Tomorrow I will write you the glad news”. But, of course, he never did.

Service

People

  • Calvin Ballard

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 446th Bomb Group
    Captain Calvin Ballard served as Nose Turret Gunner on board B-24 #42-100315 "Quivering Box" of 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. The Liberator was hit by Flak on return from the mission and Calvin...

  • John Clay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    John Clay was Tail Gunner on B-24 #42-100315 "Quivering Box" of 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. Wounded in the head, he died the same day in hospital and was buried in a military cemetery in Berg...

  • Wayne Fox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot, C Flight Commander | 364th Fighter Group
    Wayne Fox served with the 446th Bomb Group out of Bungay, England. He then transferred to the 482nd Bomb Group, a Pathfinder Group, which trialed new uses of radar on missions. On 30 November 1944, he was transferred to the 384th Fighter Squadron of...

  • John Hand

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    John E. Hand Jr was a Co-Pilot in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay. A member of the Charles W. Haney crew, he replaced Pilot Eric H. Sherman's regular co-pilot on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. John Hand was on B-24 ...

  • Euylse Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt Euylse Jackson was Right Waist gunner on B-24 Quivering Box #42-100315 of 446th BG / 705th BS, shot down by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. Wounded, Jackson went down with the plane and crashed near Tholen in The Netherlands....

  • William Kopczynski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 446th Bomb Group
    Bill Kopczynski trained as a gunner and was sent overseas. He served in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay, England. He was Ball Turret Gunner on B-24 “Quivering Box” # 42-100315 when it was hit by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission to...

  • William Lutes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    William Lutes enlisted in August 1942 and trained as an enginer/gunner. He was sent overseas and served in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay, England. He was Engineer / Top Turret Gunner on B-24 “Quivering Box” # 42-100315 when it...

  • William McDonald

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    William McDonald trained as a gunner and was sent overseas. He was a Ball Turret Gunner in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay. He was on B-24 “Quivering Box” 42-100315 when it was hit by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich,...

  • Leiding Olson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt Leiding Olson trained as a gunner and was sent overseas. Assigned to the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay, England. He was Left Waist Gunner on B-24 “Quivering Box” # 42-100315 when it was hit by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission...

  • Nelson Segraves

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 446th Bomb Group
    Born and raised on the family farm at "Double Bridges" in Osceola, Arkansas, Nelson Segraves enlisted in the Air Corps two months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He followed Bombardier training and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. After training at...

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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. ...

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 705th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-100315 Quivering Box

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24J "Quivering Box of 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron was hit by Flak on return from the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. One engine caught fire imediately and another stopped. According to a statement in the Missing Air Crew Report ...

Missions

  • 486

    21 July 1944

Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Illinois, United States 15 April 1921

the son of Walter L. and Jennie E. (Morton) Hoffman

Lived in West Deerfield, Lake County, Illinois, United States 1940
Enlisted Chicago, Illinois, United States 7 April 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

Killed In Action (KIA) Tholen, Holland, The Netherlands 21 July 1944

Hit in the back by a Flak shell, he was still in the B-24 when it exploded in mid-air and went down with it.

Buried Berg-op-Zoom, The Netherlands 22 July 1944

Initially buried at the military cemetery in Bergen-op-Zoom (Ruytershoveweg)

Buried

After the war, Glenn's remains were brought to Margraten where he rests at Plot N, Row 10, Grave 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2022 20:10:40 Kickapoo Changes to role, biography and unit associations
Sources

Best Web - B-24H - 42-100315 - Quivering Box

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2016 14:34:09 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated media and chose key image

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2016 14:32:06 ED-BB Changes to biography and media associations
Sources

Added details to biography; added photos

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2016 10:54:39 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 7250
NARA WWII Enlistment records
US 1940 Census
ABMC website
Contacts with family of Navigator Glenn Hoffman

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2015 20:05:35 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7250 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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