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Herbert Fred Hastings


Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief on B-24's 'Hot Freight' and 'The Duchess'.

"T/Sgt. Hastings was crew chief on the ill-fated Lib. 'Hot Freight' with a record of 12 missions without a turnback, he continued his good work on the Lib. 'The Duchess' chalking up 22 more missions without a turnback."

Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23666 - Hot Freight

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D-1-CO, 41-23666, [AG:s] named, Hot Freight, was assigned to the 93rd Bomb Group, the 330th Bomb Squadron at Hardwick, UK. On 18 Mar 43, the aircraft was dispatched on a mission to bomb the port facilities at Vegesack, Germany. The aircraft...

  • 41-24147 - The Duchess - Evelyn

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, The Duchess, was in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 330th Bombing Squadron in Britain. It was detached, transferred temporarily (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa and flew on Operation Tidal Wave to bomb the oil...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...


Event Location Date
Born Warrensburg, IL 22 February 1910

Son of Fred Martin and Kathryn L [Temeyer] Hastings.

Lived in Moweaqua, IL 1942
Enlisted Peoria, IL 26 January 1942

Peoria, Illinois

Died Brookhaven, MS 7 December 1992
Buried Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery Brookhaven, Lincoln County, MS 11 December 1992

Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery
Brookhaven, Lincoln County, Mississippi

Based Hardwick

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
06 January 2022 15:05:23 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:51 AAM AAM ingest

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