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Glenn F Hagenbuch

Military

1-May-42 Assigned as a Pilot with the 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. 7-Aug-42 Assigned as Pilot with crew to B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 2-Sep-42 promoted to Captain. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for Sugar".

On 3-Jan-43 he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the 427th Bomb Squadron (303BG) following the death of Major Charles C. Sheridan in B-17F 41-24517 "Kali". 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. 30-Mar-43 promoted to Major.

After completing his 25 mission combat tour on 29 June 1943, Major Hagenbuch was made part of a special mission to North Africa and upon his return to England was transferred to the VIII Bomber Command. Shortly thereafter he was killed while flying a P-40 on a short flight in England. He was initially buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery.

Major Hagenbuch completed a 25-Mission tour on 29-Jun-43.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See. Biography events.

SS w/OLC.

Service

People

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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24569 Memphis Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot: [GN:V] was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-W] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 12 December 1918

Glenn E. Hagenbuch was born December 12, 1918 in Utica, Illinois. His parents Charles and Cora were also born in Illinois. His father was a farmer. He had one older brother and one younger brother. In 1940 Glenn had completed two years of college and was living with his parents and working on the family farm.

Glenn enlisted September 9, 1940 as an aviation cadet and earned his pilot’s wings in April 1941. He was initially assigned to the Ferry Command based in Bangor, Maine. In November 1941, Lt. Hagenbuch was recruited to join the American Volunteer Group, the infamous “Flying Tigers”, which was formed to defend China against Japanese forces prior to the US entry into World War 2. He resigned from the USAAF and was scheduled to fly to Rangoon on December 10, 1941 to join the Flying Tigers, but as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor he was promptly re-inducted into the USAAF and sent back to Bangor.

Lt. Hagenbuch was assigned May 1, 1942 as an original member of the 427th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying B-17F Flying Fortress heavy bombers. He married the former Margaret Spaeth of Shoshone, Idaho on September 11, 1942 shortly before the 303rd BG departed the States for England.

The 303rd BG began flying daylight bombing missions to France and Germany out of Molesworth, England in November 1942. Lt. Hagenbuch was the pilot of B-17F 41-24619 S-for-Sugar and was promoted to captain in September 1942 and to major in March 1943, serving as the commanding officer of the 427th BS at the ripe old age of 24. On one of his bombing missions, a young war correspondent named Walter Cronkite flew as a combat observer.

After completing his 25 mission combat tour on June 29, 1943 Major Hagenbuch was made part of a special mission to North Africa and upon his return to England was transferred to the VIII Bomber Command headquarters. He was awarded the Silver Star medal on May 13, 1943 and an Oak Leaf Cluster to this medal on September 26, 1943.

On October 9, 1943 Major Hagenbuch was killed in a non-combat crash while flying a P-40E fighter on a check flight in England.

Glenn E. Hagenbuch was initially buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery and was later reinterred in Waltham Cemetery in Waltham, Illinois. I could not locate any information regarding his widow Margaret.

Appointed CO of 427BS Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 3 January 43

Appointed as Squadron Commanding Officer of 303BG/427BS to replace Major, Charles C. Sheridan who was KIA on 3-Jan-43.

Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster 25 September 43

Awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to his Silver Star medal. Posthumous.

Assigned to Unit Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Assigned as a Pilot to the 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho with the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Assigned to Aircraft Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 7 August 1942

Assigned with crew as Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas.

Promoted to Captain Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 2 September 1942

Promotion in rank to Captain.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS.

Mission #1, CPT Glenn E. Hagenbuch, w/B-117F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #2, CPT Glenn E. Hagenbuch, w/B-117F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, CPT Glenn E. Hagenbuch, w/B-117F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, CPT Glenn E. Hagenbuch, w/B-117F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, CPT Glenn E. Hagenbuch, w/B-117F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, CPT Glenn E. Hagenbuch, w/B-117F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Promoted to Major Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 30 March 1943

Promoted to the rank of Major.

Awarded the Silver Star Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 13 May 1943

Awarded the Silver Star medal for gallantry. Posthumous

Died 9 October 1943

Died in an accident flying a P-40E aircraft. Crashed into a garden, 8.5 miles N of Bovingdon airfield.

Buried Waltham, IL 61373, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2019 22:55:09 BobF13 Changes to events
Sources

http://ww2fallen100.blogspot.com/2018/12/ww2-fallen-multiple-silver-star...

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2018 12:55:49 Lucy May Changes to middlename, role, biography, events and unit associations
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Added Glenn E Hagenbuch's name to the digital Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/154271396/glenn-e.-hagenbuch

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2017 23:07:39 shabbyabbey Changes to events
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Author's own Hertfordshire crash records.

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 00:19:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 00:17:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 00:14:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 00:11:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 00:07:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 00:04:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 23:58:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added DIed event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 23:57:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Oak Leaf Clusted award event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 23:54:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Awarded SS medal event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 23:52:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Appointed CO event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 23:50:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Appointed CO event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 23:47:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Promoted to Captain event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 23:44:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 23:40:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards and events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Completed Summary Biography, added decorations; Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian; Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 23:13:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, 303BG Personnel Records: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 23:10:00 Lee8thbuff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Added NEW Person listing for this airman; Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Missions (through 4-Feb-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, 303BG Personnel Records and 303BG Group and Squadron Commanders page: http://www.303rdbg.com/h-commanders.htm

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