447th Bomb Group Association
Photos courtesy of Mr. Art
Durante, Jr. and Mr. Jack Keller
Additional information from Mr. Dante Pettit
|- 8/43||Moses Lake, WA|
|08/43 - 11/43||Harvard, NE|
|11/43||In Transit (Hodges flew with command staff, rest by sea)|
|12/43 - 04/44||711th Squadron, Rattlesden, UK|
|Missions flown:||varies by crew member|
Left to right
Hodges, Pettit, Durante, Smith, Nevills and Joerger
not pictured: Baker, Ruttledge and the Klaput brothers.
Undated photo, unidentified aircraft
Due to losses, the Hodges crew flew only a few missions together. Following the loss of four members on February 28, the rest of the crew often filled in as replacements for other crews. Six were captured or interned. Only two completed their tour.
(Hodges as 1st Pilot)
|3||12/30/43||LUDWIGSHAFEN||Flying with command pilot|
|8||01/14/44||NOBALL NO. 107 GRAND PARC||42-32206|
|16||02/06/44||EVREUX-FAUVILLE||42-97497 "Tuxedo Tommy"|
|19||02/13/44||NOBALL NO.S 110, 78||42-32155|
|24||02/28/44||NOBALL NO. 74 BOIS DE LA JUSTICE||Hodges didn't fly
Pettit and Joerger killed, flying with Lt. Fouts.
Baker and Rutledge in another plane, bailed out and were captured.
|25||02/29/44||BRUNSWICK||42-97501 "Gum Chum"|
|26||03/03/44||BERLIN - RECALL||42-39882|
|31||03/16/44||AUGSBURG||Durante down with Huckins, captured|
Although not listed as first pilot on the mission summaries currently available, Lt. Hodges continued to fly until April 13, when he and Smith were on board an aircraft that made a forced landing in Switzerland.
|Pilot||Lt. James M. Hodges||Interned 4/13/44 in Switzerland|
|Co-Pilot||Lt. Harry R. Pettit, Jr.||KIA 02/28/44 flying with Lt. Fouts|
|Navigator||Lt. Arthur A. Durante||POW 03/16/44 flying with Lt. Huckins|
|Bombardier||Lt. Jesse T. Smith, Jr.||Interned 4/13/44 in Switzerland|
|Engineer||Sgt. Donald M. Nevills||Reassigned to Leigh crew|
|Radio Operator||Sgt. Karl F. Joerger||KIA 02/28/44 flying with Lt. Fouts|
|Waist Gunner||Sgt. William T. Baker||POW 02/28/44|
|Waist Gunner||Sgt. Raymond H. Rutledge, Jr.||POW 02/28/44|
|Ball Turret Gunner||Sgt. George E. Klaput||Completed tour|
|Tail Gunner||Sgt. Joseph H. Klaput||POW 05/12/44 flying with Lt. Pettus|
|George and Joe Klaput were the only twins ever to serve together on the same crew, not to mention in the same unit. Somehow they convinced the Air Force to set aside its policy forbidding brothers to serve together.|