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Chester B Hackett Jr


Assigned to 713BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Politz as command pilot. Shortly after bombs away reported flak damage which had taken out 1 engine with a 2nd running rough, headed for Sweden. Flak had killed the co-pilot [at waist gun position] and left bombardier with damaged chute. Remaining crew baled out except bombardier and Major Hackett who forced landed.

POW. MACR 6533.

He was triple rated, Pilot, navigator and Radar Navigator. completed 22 years of service.

Awards: DFC, AM (3 OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME, American Campaign and Defense.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 713th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28779

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. This was a "pathfinder" aircraft equipped with Aps-15 radar. ...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...


Event Location Date
Born Meridian, Mississippi 3 September 1919

Son of Chester B and Fannie Y [Julienne] Hackett.

Lived in Spartanburg, SC, USA 1941
Forced landed Alt Käbelich, 17349 Lindetal, Germany 20 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Politz as command pilot. Flak hit A/C. Crew baled out except bombardier and Major Hackett who forced landed. POW.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 20 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Buried Sumter, SC, USA

Evergreen Memorial Park
Sumter County
South Carolina, USA.


Date Contributor Update
05 July 2017 09:50:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 6533;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2016 11:22:07 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:07 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / spouse