COL Chester B Hackett Jr.

COL Chester B Hackett Jr.

Birth
Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, USA
Death 23 Sep 2018 (aged 99)
Burial Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 112716425 · View Source
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Colonel Chester B. Hackett, Jr., 99, of 100 Ott Road, Columbia, South Carolina died on Sunday, September 23rd.

Born September 3, 1919 in Meridian, Mississippi, he was the son of the late Fannie Yerger Julienne and the late Chester B. Hackett, Sr. He attended Spartanburg, South Carolina city schools and Clemson College, entering the U.S. Army Air Corps in June 1940. After completing flying school he remained at Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas as a flight instructor. Following this assignment he was transferred to Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho to assist in forming the 448th Bomb Group, 2nd Air Division, 8th Air Force, subsequently leading, as Squadron Commander, the 713th Bomb Squadron overseas to RAF Seething, East Anglia, U.K., then flying B-24 Liberator heavy bombers over enemy targets. Hit by enemy fire on his 24th mission over Germany as Deputy Lead Pilot, then-Major Hackett successfully crash-landed his disabled aircraft and was interned in Germany as a Prisoner of War. He was awarded a number of decorations citing outstanding valor, flying skill and leadership ability in both war and peace. Colonel Hackett’s military career included service as commander of combat squadrons in both the Strategic and Tactical Air Commands stationed at bases in Texas, Idaho, Florida, Maryland, District of Columbia, Kansas, Arkansas, Iceland, South Africa and England.

Colonel Hackett was predeceased by his parents; a daughter, Harriett Julienne Hackett; sisters, Frances Johnston Hackett and Betty Hackett Smith; sisters-in-law, Patsy H. Beaty, Ruth B. Garrison and Alice B. Beaty; brothers-in-law, Robert W. Beaty, Arthur F. Smith, Wilson W. Garrison; and cousin, John Albert Snelling.


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  • Added: 22 Jun 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 112716425
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for COL Chester B Hackett Jr. (3 Sep 1919–23 Sep 2018), Find a Grave Memorial no. 112716425, citing Evergreen Memorial Park, Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Remember me (contributor 47418257) .