2LT George William “Billy” Hixson


2LT George William “Billy” Hixson

Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas, USA
Death 1 Sep 1944 (aged 26)
Caen, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Plot Plot B Row 4 Grave 19
Memorial ID 56645653 View Source
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Son of Mrs. Dessie May Schoenen who resided in Inglewood, California.

George served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-17G "Miss Ana Bortion" #43-37941, 849th Bomber Squadron, 490th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Los Angeles County, California prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 17, 1943 at Buckley Field, Denver, Colorado. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

George was "Killed In Action" in a mid-air collision with B-17 #43-38184 over France during the war. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-768099


Airmen who perished on B-17G #43-37941:

Dresser, Francis H ~ Maj, Flight Commander, Kansas
Frey, Charles S ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, California
Gossett, Thomas H ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, South Carolina
Hall, Floyd G ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Maryland
Hixson, George W ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, California
Hoeffler, Donald J ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, California
Pulver, Calvin C ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, Louisiana
Russell, Donald L ~ Sgt, Waist Gunner, Ohio
Schanhaar, Edward C ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Minnesota
Shuman, Lowell ~ FO, Navigator, Pennsylvania

For airmen who perished on B-17 #43-38184 see:

Ripple, Joe W ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, Texas

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

Special thanks to Frogman for finding info on this mid-air collision!


Previously added to Find A Grave, source unknown:

Co-Pilot B-17G, 43-37941, "Miss Ana Bortion", KIA on September 1, 1944 in a mid-air collision.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT George William “Billy” Hixson (6 Apr 1918–1 Sep 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56645653, citing Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by Frogman (contributor 47380828) .