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1LT Isaac Hall Hanff

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1LT Isaac Hall Hanff

  • Birth 13 Nov 1917 Scotland Neck, Halifax County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 21 Sep 1944 Papua, Indonesia
  • Burial Scotland Neck, Halifax County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 68392443

World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
Name: Isaac H Hanff
Inducted From: North Carolina
Rank: First Lieutenant
Combat Organization: 868th Bomber Squadron Heavy
Death Date: 21 Sep 1944
Monument: Fort William Mckinley, Manila, the Philippines
Last Known Status: Missing
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal
Air Medal
Additional Army Awards

For Hanff, Philbrick and other men in the bomber squadron, their B-24's carried (what was at that time) a top-secret technology designed to help win the war – on board radar. Flying at night, the bombers of the 868th would take off alone to attack Japanese ships and land-based targets in the Pacific. In September of 1944, Lt Isaac Hanff, Lt Thomas Philbrick and their crew were on the front lines of the Pacific campaign to retake the Philippines.

As navigator, it was Thomas' job to plot the course that would take the plane to the target and back to base safely. On board his plane, radar operator Technical Sergeant Harold Bowers would use the radar to pin point possible targets for their B-24 to bomb. Each B-24 had several gunners to protect the craft from Japanese fighters. Manning two of those .50 caliber machine guns, were Gunners S/Sgt. Edward Brinke and S/Sgt Leslie Crocker. T/Sgt. Floyd Fleming (Engineer) would man the top turret guns. 1st Lt. Issac H. Hanff, the B-24's pilot, was working on getting his star above his wings that were pinned on his chest. Receiving the coveted Senior Pilot Wings required completion of 20 bomb runs with a Instructor Pilot on board. (Flight information adapted from information at

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  • Maintained by: David Reese
  • Originally Created by: Lonnie Hoover
  • Added: 15 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 68392443
  • David Reese
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Isaac Hall Hanff (13 Nov 1917–21 Sep 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68392443, citing Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Scotland Neck, Halifax County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by David Reese (contributor 47131508) .