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Eugene Francis Hepp

Military

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Milton Castleman crew. 7 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel in B-17 42-102402. Shot down Rethwischfeld, Germany 22-May-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

Service

People

  • Milton Castleman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Shot down 22-May-44 in B-17 42-102402. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Served in Korean and Vietnam conflicts rising to rank of Lt Colonel.

  • Jack Hickey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 7 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel in B-17 42-102402 22-May-44; dropped out of formation, went into spin. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102402

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 29/2/44; Gr Island 11/3/44; Bangor 2/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-L] Grafton Underwood 4/4/44; Missing in Action Kiel 22/5/44 with Milton Castleman, Co-pilot: Jack Hickey, Navigator: Gene Hepp, Bombardier: Ron Merkley, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, Michigan, USA 10 September 1921

Son of Leonard W and Teresa [Van Den Bossche] Hepp.

Enlisted San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Texas 10 February 1943

San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center Texas

Based Grafton Underwood April 1944 – 22 May 1944

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Rethwischfeld, Germany 22 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel in B-17 42-102402. Shot down Rethwischfeld, Germany 22-May-44. POW MACR 4954

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 22 May 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Discharged USAAF 13 December 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted 6 April 1952

Re-enlisted USAF.

Discharged USAF 16 September 1955

Honourable discharge.

Died Warren, MI 6 June 2004
Buried St. Edmund Catholic Church, Warren, MI 10 June 2004

Laid in State - St Edmund Catholic Church, Warren Michigan.

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