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Calvin F Hoagland


Cal was born to John Hoagland and Francis Lowe Hoagland on Nov. 2, 1921, in Nampa, Idaho. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School and worked as a ranch hand until he joined the Army Air Corps.

He fought in WWII as a Waist Gunner where he completed 25 successful combat missions over Nazi Europe. In a letter from Major General Doolittle, he stated, “The courage, coolness, and skill displayed by Sergeant Hoagland on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.”

Among his awards received were the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

After returning home, Cal married Edna Marie Lish and they had four children. He worked as an Iron Worker for many years and helped build numerous impressive overpasses, prominent buildings and the Perrine Bridge over the Snake River Canyon.

Cal had a love and passion for horses and was an accomplished horseman. In addition, Cal enjoyed gardening, hunting and knife making. He always had a song on his lips and an old cowboy poem to quote. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone and lived every day to its fullest.

Cal was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.


Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb 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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30340 Dry Run, Screamin' Red Ass

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Grand Isle 4/6/43; Dow Field 25/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 26/6/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Alan Amman, Co-pilot: Don Wollard, Navigator: Bill Pierson, Navigator: Ralph Diederich, Flight engineer/top...


Event Location Date
Born Nampa, Idaho 2 November 1921


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2020 02:16:00 Troy Burnett Changes to awards

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2020 01:33:16 Troy Burnett Changes to service number, highest rank and biography

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:00 AAM AAM ingest

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