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Gerald Warden Hicks


Killed in Action (KIA) near Ramhausen in B-17 'Boss Lady' #42-97271, MACR 13565
Hicks was severely wounded by flak on the 20 March 1945 mission. Crewmembers assisted him in bailing out, believing he would be able to deploy his parachute. Either he was unable, or the chute failed, and he was found dead on the ground by German troops.



  • Sherman Meek

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 544th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #29 dated 5 February 1945, Gerald Hicks Crew. 17 combat missions. ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97271 BOSS LADY

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Dalhart 29/2/44; Dow Field 3/4/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-A] Grafton Underwood 25/4/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 30/3/45 with Gerald Hicks (Killed in Action); Jesse Hendricks, Bob Thiefels, John Gussin, Bill Goodman,...


  • 898

    20 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Baldwin Park, California, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 20 March 1945
Died 20 March 1945


Date Contributor Update
22 February 2015 00:40:46 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:23 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13565 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database