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 Clifford Charles Hurst Jr.

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Clifford Charles Hurst Jr.

Birth
Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
Death
13 Nov 1943 (aged 23)
England
Burial
Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
Plot
Section 22, EH, Lot 22, Grave 10
Memorial ID
107747584 View Source

Gunner S/Sgt. Clifford C. Hurst Jr. KIA
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Squadron: 506th BS 44th Bomb Group
Service #
Awards:Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot 2nd/Lt. William H. Hart

Target: Bremen
Mission Date: 13- Nov-43
Serial Number:# #42-7647
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: England Crew of 10 2KIA

The second largest port in Germany was the objective for this mission, with its extensive port facilities and large manufacturing and storage facilities as well as an important rail transport center. Adverse weather conditions, severe cold, and enemy fighters which rose to give fierce engagements to the 44th Bomb Group formation, made this raid a most difficult one. About 50 enemy aircraft made their attacks on the bombers from all directions, using the dense contrails to hide their approach. Due to these attacks, the Group suffered two aircraft lost as well as two other men KIA in returning aircraft; and another ship crash-landed. Three men were seriously wounded, none of them were identified on the casualty listing, are now identified in Squadron papers and shown in this section.

On this mission of 13 November, the Group suffered two additional men KIA on a 506th Squadron aircraft that was forced to crash-land when returning to England. Upon return from this raid, Lt. W.H. Hart, in A/C #647, circled the field and then crashed in some trees near the base. Killed were young George Olsen and Clifford Hurst. Ralph Strait was so badly wounded that he was not expected to live through the night, but he did, and ultimately returned to duty. All men with blood type AB were asked to report to the hospital due to the needs of these men. The pilot and other surviving crewmembers all had been injured or wounded prior to the crash. Only the two men killed had not been wounded by enemy action.

Gunner S/Sgt. Clifford C. Hurst Jr. KIA
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Squadron: 506th BS 44th Bomb Group
Service #
Awards:Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot 2nd/Lt. William H. Hart

Target: Bremen
Mission Date: 13- Nov-43
Serial Number:# #42-7647
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: England Crew of 10 2KIA

The second largest port in Germany was the objective for this mission, with its extensive port facilities and large manufacturing and storage facilities as well as an important rail transport center. Adverse weather conditions, severe cold, and enemy fighters which rose to give fierce engagements to the 44th Bomb Group formation, made this raid a most difficult one. About 50 enemy aircraft made their attacks on the bombers from all directions, using the dense contrails to hide their approach. Due to these attacks, the Group suffered two aircraft lost as well as two other men KIA in returning aircraft; and another ship crash-landed. Three men were seriously wounded, none of them were identified on the casualty listing, are now identified in Squadron papers and shown in this section.

On this mission of 13 November, the Group suffered two additional men KIA on a 506th Squadron aircraft that was forced to crash-land when returning to England. Upon return from this raid, Lt. W.H. Hart, in A/C #647, circled the field and then crashed in some trees near the base. Killed were young George Olsen and Clifford Hurst. Ralph Strait was so badly wounded that he was not expected to live through the night, but he did, and ultimately returned to duty. All men with blood type AB were asked to report to the hospital due to the needs of these men. The pilot and other surviving crewmembers all had been injured or wounded prior to the crash. Only the two men killed had not been wounded by enemy action.


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