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Billy Carroll Hulsey

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My grandfather told tale of being a young man, a slurried night out with his buddies and the pact among them- to go enlist and end WWII! With crazy notions of all being together forever, he was the only one that held his word. But that is the kind of man he was! He would be the one that did.

He rose through the enlisted ranks to become a Warrant Officer/ Sgt Major, US Army Air Corp. He claimed to have been nicknamed "Bull" for his drill sergeant voice and similarly appropriate demeanor. Later, he completed officer training school, is known to have studied meteorology and is recorded as a Second Lieutenant, B-17 Navigator (1945- Feb through April, completing 27 missions with 44th BG/ 8AF/ 379th).

I am certain, however, he told me he completed something closer to 44 missions- and that they were unofficially shot down just once... You bet that's a good story, too! My research goes on to continue to fill in the blanks of my grandfather's Army-Air Corp/ USAF career.

Service

People

  • Lester Bohne

    Military | 379th Bomb Group

  • V Calhoun

    Military | Private First Class
    ENGINEERING. NOC

  • Alfred Edwards

    Military | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Kent Giles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Armorer-Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Haak crew

  • Janel Hamilton

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Airplane Engineer, Top Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Jan was born on August 10, 1912, to George S. and Winifred Hamilton. He had a brother named Jack. He had a paper route when he was 12-13years old. His father died early. His mother was a very charming woman who everybody called "Mom". ...

  • A Myers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    27 JUN 44 PRACTICE MISSION (WALL OF THE MISSING AT CAMBRIDGE. Killed in Action (KIA)

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38183 The Lost Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged during raid on Magdeburg 28/9/44. Took out 2 engines on one wing, flak came through the windshield and glass got into...

  • 43-37777 'Four of a Kind'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 19/6/44; 527BS; hit when parked at RAF Colerne by 42-97528 (351BG) 19/12/44; twice force landed on continent 3/45 but repaired and back onto operations;...

  • 43-37934 Million Dollar Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 1/7/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 15/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8...

  • 44-6459

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 10/8/44; Grenier 23/8/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-G] Kimbolton 30/8/44; dam in collision with truck when landing 24/3/45, repaired & ret 3/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 30/6/45; Sth Plains 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 44-6602 Slew Foot Sue

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 18/9/44; Grenier 1/10/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 18/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; Sth Plains 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 26/11/45. SLEW FOOT SUE.

  • 44-6906 Constipated Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 14/12/44; Grenier 29/12/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-I] Framlingham 21/1/45; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-J] Kimbolton 20/2/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; Sth Plains 4/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 44-8310

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 7/8/44; Jacksonville 11/8/44; Grenier 5/9/44; Assigned 447BS Rattlesden 7/9/44; 524BS/379BG [WA-P] Kimbolton 10/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 12/6/45; Sth Plains 19/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 44-8435 Picadilly Lilly

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 17/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-N] Kimbolton 16/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; Sth Plains 28/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 14/12/45.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force FO 275 BOMBER ESCORT

    20 March 1944
    A force of 594 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to escort heavy bombers attacking at Frankfurt and Mannheim, Germany. Dispatch summary follows: ...

  • 821

    6 February 1945

  • 824

    9 February 1945

  • 833

    16 February 1945

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Arkansas, USA 19 April 1922
Enlisted 5 January 1942

Warrant Officer/ Sgt Major, Army Air Corp.; Later, he completed officer training school and is recorded as a Second Lieutenant, B-17 Navigator (1945- Feb through April; 27 missions with 44th BG/ 8AF/ 379th).

Died Little Rock, AR, USA 29 July 1990

He is buried in Roselawn Cemetery next to his loving wife, Lucile McKinley Hulsey- the mother of his three children (Larry, Rodney and Sharon).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 03:24:18 Figmnt Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://www.8thairforce.com/379th/search/missions_flown_by.asp?perIdentif...

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 02:32:44 Figmnt Changes to highest rank, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.8thairforce.com/379th/search/missions_flown_by.asp?perIdentif...

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 04:37:39 Figmnt Changes to biography, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

http://www.8thairforce.com

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 02:51:00 Figmnt Changes to service number, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

"United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8G8-26X : accessed 29 July 2015), Billy C Hulsey, enlisted 05 Jan 1942, ; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 126323, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J5M4-23V : accessed 29 July 2015), Bill C Hulsey, 29 Jul 1990; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 21:33:06 Figmnt Changes to middlename, nickname, role, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

References-
http://www.8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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