|Death: ||Jul. 12, 1944|
Research provides that Lieutenant Hutchins was the son of Laura McIntosh (1899-1969) and Thomas Hutchins (1886-1944). He enlisted on 30 Dec 1941 and attended an AAF Flying Training School. After graduating, he became a B-17 bomber pilot. By early summer of 1944, he was stationed in England assigned to the 524th Bomb Squadron, 379th Bomb Group (H), at Kimbolton Field.
On 12 July 1944, 2Lt Hutchins was the Pilot on B-17G, #42-38192, during a bombing mission over Munich, Germany. Based upon the Missing Air Crew Report, his aircraft sustained heavy flak damage at the target area and was last seen going down in a controlled flight at 1430 hours near Bourg-Bruche, France. The post-war report provides that three of the four engines were lost and the pilot attempted to fly the plane to Switzerland. However, the plane crashed at 1500 hours near the town of Feldburg, approximately 18 kilometers SE of Freiburg-Breisgau, Germany. Eight of the nine aircrew members were killed on impact. In addition to 2Lt Hutchins, those KIA were 2Lt Robert H. Webber (Co-Pilot), 2Lt James R. Haile (Navigator), Sgt Grover J. Bowen (Nose Gunner/Togglier), SSgt Robert L. Shaffer (Radio Op), SSgt George N. White (Engineer/Top Turret Gunner) and Sgt Harry I. Degenhart (Waist Gunner) and Sgt Walter E. Collins (Tail Gunner). The lone survivor of the crash, Sgt James L. Stutts (Ball Turret Gunner), was held as a POW until April 1945.
After the war, Lieutenant Hutchins body was exhumed from it's German burial location and returned to Ohio at the family's request. The remains were re-interred in his mother's family plot in 1949.
Thomas Hutchins (1885 - 1944)
Laura G. McIntosh Tibbals (1898 - 1969)
Mount Peace Cemetery
Plot: Section 22, Lot 92, Grave 1
Created by: David Oxford
Record added: Jul 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55329104