SSgt Hermus Jackson Hastings

SSgt Hermus Jackson Hastings

Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Death 4 Apr 1944 (aged 21)
At Sea
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 56110194 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until February 15, 1946.

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Hermus served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24J #42-100394, 26th Bomber Squadron, 11th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Baltimore, Maryland prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 27, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being a high school graduate, employed as a Machinist and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J #42-100394 took off from Eniwetok Airfield, Marshall Islands on a night bombing mission over Truk Islands. During the mission this B-24 was seen on fire and is believed to have been hit by ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed. The entire crew was lost in this crash during the war.

Hermus was declared "Missing In Action".

He was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross", Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # 13135889

Hermus also has a "Cenotaph" in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel, Delaware.
( See family links below )

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Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-100394:

Agard, Charles M ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, MI
Crehan, John E ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
Dougherty, Warren E ~ T/Sgt, Radar Operator, NY
Doxtator, Kenneth P ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, WI
Harlow, Bernard C ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, VA
Hastings, Hermus J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MD
Morris, Charles G ~ FO, Co-Pilot, AZ
Rutland, Ross E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, KS
Taflinger, Allan R ~ Capt, Pilot, IL
Van Metre, Paul B ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, IN

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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Previously added to Find A Grave,
Source unknown:

Name: Hermus J. Hastings
State Registered: Hawaii

Death Date: 15 Feb 1946
Cemetery: Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Cemetery Burial Plot: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Cemetery City: Honolulu
Cemetery Country: Hawaii

War: World War II
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
Title: Staff Sergeant
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Service: U.S. Army Air Forces
Service ID: 13135889
Division: 26th Bomber Squadron, 11th Bomber Group, Heavy
Data Source: World War II Honor Roll


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56110194
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Hermus Jackson Hastings (15 Feb 1923–4 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56110194, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .