Remembering thoses killed in service to their country
During its tour of duty until May 15, 1945, the Hell Hawks lost 70 men, killed in action or killed in accidents. It is to these men this site is dedicated as well as to those that we've lost after the war. God speed and may they never be forgotten.
James Allen—Killed April 20, 1944 near Selsey Bill, England
Major Edward Boles—Killed June 30, 1944
S/Sgt. Thomas Brocks—Died from burns October 28, 1944
John Cave—Killed September 18, 1944 near Duren, Germany
Norman Condreit—Killed February 23, 1945 by a P-38 at Florennes, Belgium
William H. Cornell—Killed November 22, 1944 near Lille, France when he crashed into a mountain top on a trip to England.
Marcel Dupont—Killed June 25, 1944 near Verneuil, France
James E. DePuy—Crashed at Metz, France January 1, 1945. Died January 4, 1945.
James L. Dyar—Killed July 18, 1944 in Athis/Flers, France area
Clarence E. Felker Jr.—Killed May 17, 1945 near Kassel, Germany
Stanley E. Fish—Killed on Test Hop April 7, 1944 near Devizes, Wiltshire, England
John B. Fitzsimmonds—Killed November 28, 1944 near Julich, Germany
Damon J. Gause—Killed March 9, 1944 on a test flight near Beaulieu, England
Rockford V. Gray—Date and circumstances of death unknown
E. Greer—Killed November 18, 1944 near Eschweiler, Germany
Marvin Gregg—Killed March 9, 1945 near Cologne, Germany
David L. Gross—Killed August 6, 1944 near Mayenne, France
S/Sgt. Archibald Gracie—Died September, 1945 Brussels, Belgium
Thomas G. Hasemeier—Killed August 19, 1944 near Rouen, France
Harry M. Hurd—Died in crash of UC64 near Paris, France on December 18, 1944
Philip S. Isis—Killed September 27, 1944 near Dusseldorf, Germany
Ernest H. Johnson—Killed September 15, 1943 in a training accident near Bridgeville, Maryland
William A. Johnson—Group Surgeon. Killed in accident (date unknown)
Harold B. Johnston—Killed Feburary 13, 1944 at Gosfield, England
Harold M. Jones—Killed June 7, 1944 near St. Saveur Lendelin, France
John E. Kirby—Died in Algiers August 19, 1944
Harry D. Katosk—Killed July 26, 1944 near La Haye Pesnel, France
Robert P. Longley—Killed February 25, 1945 near Buir, Germany
William S. Lukas—Killed March 19, 1945 near Bensburg, Germany
Jack J. Martell—Killed June 6, 1944 near St. Lo d'Ourville, France
Vernon Martin—Killed February 16, 1945 near Gladbach, Germany
Melvin W. Miller—Killed March 25, 1945 near Asbach, Germany
Morris H. Miller Jr.—Killed March 25, near Asbach, Germany
Raymond N. Moraga—Killed June 10, 1944 near Le Havre, France
Clarence E. Moreland—Killed September 18, 1944 near Charleroi, Belgium
Thomas C. McAllister—Killed June 15, 1944 near Pierrepont, France
John D. McCarthy—Killed December 17, 1944 near Monschau, Germany
Edsel J. McKnight—Killed June 7, 1944 near St. Martin des Besaces, France
Donald T. Newcombe—Killed July 11, 1944 near St. Lo, France
Raymond D. Noble—Killed July 18, 1944 near Bailleu, Belgium
Frederick W. O'Donnel—Killed May 1, 1944 near Bailleu, Belgium
Paul M. Reik—Killed July 25, 1944 when fuse blew up in his hand
Lloyd I. Riff—Killed June 24, 1944 near Grandcamp, France
Wallace E. Rock—Killed June 22, 1944 near Caen, France
Jesse F. Rouintree—Killed September 19, 1944 near Duren, Germany
John D. Rumbaugh—Killed October 18, 1943 in a training accident near Atlantic City, New Jersey
John Schneider—Killed April 17, 1945 during counterattack on the ground near Thurland, Germany
Robert L. Shipe—Killed June 6, 1944 at St. Sauveur de Pierre Pont, France
Clyde M. Shoup—Killed October 7, 1944 near Forst Konigforst, Germany
James D. Simpson—Killed February 9, 1945 near Duren, Germany
Matthew P. Smiles—Killed March 23, 1945 near Erkelenz, Germany
Milton E. Soward—Killed April 24, 1944 near Bertangles, France
Herbert W. Stanford—Killed July 18, 1944 in Athis-Flers area
Andrew M. Stauder—Died January 5, 1945 from injuries received when hit by crashing plane at Metz, France
Mahlon T. Stelle—Killed June 7, 1944 10 miles SW of Villers- Bocage, France
Herbert A. Sting Jr.—Killed December 17, 1944 at Monschau, Germany
Grant G. Stout—Killed March 19, 1945 at Westhofen, Germany
John B. Summers—Died at Fontaney- sur- Mer, France. Date unknown.
Donald R. Swinburne—Killed June 10, 1944 near Le Havre, France
Edward S. Szymanski—Killed February 16, 1945 on return from Paris, France when he ran into an apartment building.
William B. Thompson—Killed April 20, 1945 near Gotha, Germany
James F. Thompson—Killed July 1943 in an accident at Millville, NJ
James F. Thompson—Killed August 10, 1944 10 miles from Granville, France
Frederick H.S. Tate—Killed September 21, 1944 at Vigneulles, France
Charles L. Uhlenburg—Killed December 28, 1944 in truck crash
Calvin E. Van Sant—Killed November 11, 1944 at Chievres, Belgium while opening a fuel drum with a torch
Graydon M. Whitford—Killed April 13, 1945 near Oastheim, Germany
Morris A. Weiner—Killed July 23, 1944 in mid-air crash with Allen E. Guest over Utah Beach
John H. Wallace—Killed March 23, 1945 at Much, Germany
Vere L. Wikoff—Killed September 29, 1944 at Euskirchen, Germany
John A. Weese—Killed June 10, 1944 near Caen, France
Walter A. Weigel—Died of wounds at German hospital on June 25, 1945 after being shot down June 18, 1945
This memorial to WWII soldiers, including 2nd Lt. John Wallace of the 386th who was KIA 3/23/45, was erected in Much, Germany in August 2008. The memorial was created by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the citizens of Much in honor of the pilots killed in action while liberating Much, from tyranny in WWII. They have since learned that 2nd Lt. Matthew Smiles also lost his life that day on the same mission and are in the process of adding his name to the memorial as well.
P-47 Memorial located at USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Photo Courtesy of Thomas D. Jones.
Memories of a Figher Pilot
Tell us how it was up there
You fighting men that fly.
The excitement and the glamour
Of your life up in the sky.
Oh! there was plenty of excitement,
Maybe a little glamour too.
But first and foremost in our minds
Was the job we had to do.
We learned to fly, and loved to fly
But there were times we found
When the flak was bursting 'round us
We'd be safer on the ground.
How can we tell you how it was
To fight the war up there?
Knowning we could meet our death
How can we tell you have it felt
To joke around and kid with John (*)
Then come back from a mission
And find that he was gone.
We learned to live with danger
Yet somehow through it all
The comradeship we learned to share
Is what we most recall.
Many years have come and gone
Since WWII did cease
God grant that in our lifetime
We truly may have Peace!
—1st Lt. Gordon Briggs, 386th FS
*Refers to 1st Lt. John Wallace who was killed in action on March 23, 1945. A good friend of Lt. Briggs