|Birth: ||Nov. 13, 1925|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 25, 1945|
S/SGT Theodore J HILL served with the 8th Army Air Corp, 576 Bomb Sq, 392 Bomb GP/H/ during World War 2, based in Wendling, England.
S/Sgt HILL was a Radar Counter Measure on a B-24 Liberator. On March 25, 1945 he and his crew,piloted by Lt. C. O. MARKUSON, headed out with 20 other bombers to target an underground oil storage depot near Hitzacker, Germany. During the formation join-up assembly over England, 1/Lt MARKUSON'S aircraft and Lt. Phillip W KAISER'S aircraft came together in a mid-air collision with both ships going down near Skeyton, England. Two members of each ship bailed out and survived. The others, all sixteen, were KIA.
In Markusan's crew, 2/Lt Edward B MACEYRA of El Paso, TX was the navigator. He is buried in the Cambridge American Military Cemetery in Coton, Cambridge, England. S/Sgt Tomyns D MONAGHAN of Manassas, VA was Right Waist and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. S/Sgt Elmer R HUNTER of Brookville, IN was Nose Gunner; buried at Big Cedar Cemetery, Brookville,IN.; T/Sgt James E BURKE of Pittsburgh, TX was the Radio Operator;buried in Warren Cemetery, Norman, OK, James B HOWARD of Pittsburgh, PA was the Left Waist;buried in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA and S/Sgt John E HORN of Lancaster, OH was the Tail Gunner, buried in New Crown Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN.
The two survivor's of Markuson's crew were the Co-Pilot, Harold W HUTCHCROFT of Iowa who passed away in 1999 and my late brother, Engineer Paul L CAIN of Butler, PA.
This grim accident was the largest single catastrophic event involving two Group aircrews in a mid-air collison which ever took place with a total of 16 crew members being killed just moments apart. The remaining force continued on to bomb the target visually with excellent results. Returning crews recovered back at Wendling around 1315 hours.
S/Sgt Theodore J Hill and the other members of his crew were awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters.
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
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Record added: Jul 26, 2011
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Remembering you on this Memorial Weekend 2014|
Added: May. 25, 2014
Thank You, Sgt Hill, for your ultimate sacrifice. RIP|
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Thank you Theodore for your service and courage|
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