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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 flying over 330 missions. Hardwick became a Bomber Command airfield in 1945, but it remained inactive and closed in 1962.

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  • John Abajian

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    John Abajian piloted 28 missions in a B-24 out of England over enemy territory and received many commendations for heroism. After his combat tour ended, he was sent to Walla Walla Air Base to train pilots. Here, he met Mary Lou Hooper at the air base...

  • Joseph Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • Lloyd Adelsberger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, to Ploesti on the B-24D Liberator, 41-23682. 1 August 1943

  • Frank Ahman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Harry Alger

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ground crew | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Served in Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

  • William Apy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying aboard B-24 Liberator 41-23809. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Asher

    Military | Corporal | 317th Service Group
    Dishonorably discharged from the USAAF on 25 March 1944 for forcing himself on an English girl at a dance near Saxlingham in Norfolk on 20 November 1943.

  • William Austin

    Military | Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    SSgt William Austin served as a waist gunner on the B-24D, 41-24745, Katy Bug. His aircraft sustained the failure of two engines and crashed into a tree while the pilot was attempting an emergency landing at Little Stukeley. Four crew members were...

  • Joseph Avendano

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group
    Lt. Avendano took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24192) and received the Silver Star for the mission. ...

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  • 42-110033 Arizona Rambler

    B-24 Liberator
    29 March 1944, two B24s collided over Henham, a few miles from Halesworth airfield. 9 Crew of the 41-110033 died, and 7 of the 41-28590. During the rescue operations the bomb load of one of the Liberators exploded, killing 6 men from Halesworth.

  • 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...

  • 41-23672 'Double Trouble'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 328th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW). Lost to flak and fighters on 19-Jan-43. Crashed into the sea 150 miles S.E. of Malta. MACR 15484.

  • 41-23711 Jerks Natural

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-23771, named, Jerks Natural, was in the 8th Air Force, the the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron, based in Britain. It was detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa to assist the 9th Air Force on Operation...

  • 41-23728 - Hot Stuff

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, Hot Stuff, was the 1st heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force (93rd Bomb Group, and 330th Bomb Squadron) to complete 25 missions, even though the B-17, Memphis Belle, wears the label of the first 50th mission B-24. Hot Stuff, crashed...

  • 41-23729 Shoot Luke

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23729, named, Shoot Luke, was assigned to the 328th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, temporarily deployed (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, Benghazi, Libya. Lt. George G. Black flew Shoot Luke on the Ploesti oil...

  • 41-23732 Liberty Lass

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-23810 - Tarfu

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23810, named, Tarfu, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, in Aug 1943. The B-24D, Tarfu, was flown on the mission by Command Pilot Lt. Earl C. Hurd, and returned safely to...

  • 41-24111 'Piccadilly Filly'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 329th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. ...

  • 41-24122 "Missouri Sue"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW). Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-24122 'Missouri Sue. ' An Fw190A-5 from JG 2/8, flown by Obfw. Josef Bigge, badly damaged the plane, shooting off part of the tail. Plane...

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978).