Hitchcock, W. H.

The William H. Hitchcock crew: 708th Squadron

Photo from Steven Borcherding; also appears on CC25 of Operation CAPTION (but printed backwards in the book)

Rattlesden, undated

Standing, L-R: 
Sgt Walter M. Sechrest
Lt Edwin H. Chapin
Lt Joseph D. Gentner
Sgt Walter A. Herudek (Frederick?)
Sgt John C. Pritchett
Capt William H. Hitchcock
Sgt Fred W. Shoksnyder
Kneeling, L-R:
Lt. William A. Fisher
Cpl Lawrence E. Berry
SSgt James G. Sykes
S/Sgt Harvey D. May, Jr.
Sgt Charles H. Sanner
unknown ground crew 

 


 

8/43 Moses Lake, WA
08/43 – 11/43 Harvard, NE
11/43 In Transit (by air)
11/43 – 04/44 708th Squadron, Rattlesden, UK
Missions flown: 30

 

Combat Missions

The following list shows missions on which Lt. William Hitchcock is listed as first pilot, and may not reflect all missions flown by members of the Hitchcock crew.

  No.  Date Target Aircraft  Comments                         
1 3 12/31/43   COGNAC   42-31207    
2 5 01/05/44  MERIGNAC  42-31155  
3 8 01/14/44  NOBALL NO. 107 GRAND PARC  42-31207  
4 11 01/29/44 FRANKFURT  42-31207  
5 13 02/03/44  WILHELMSHAVEN  42-31207  
6 17 02/08/44 WEISBADEN  42-38039  
7 20 02/20/44 TUTOW  42-31724  
8 21 02/21/44  DIEPHOLZ  42-38039  
9 25 02/29/44 BRUNSWICK  42-38039  
10 26 03/03/44  BERLIN – RECALL  42-38039  
11 27 03/04/44 BERLIN – RECALL  42-38039  
12 28 03/06/44 BERLIN    42-38039  
13 29 03/08/44  BERLIN   42-38039   
14 31 03/11/44 MUNSTER  42-38039  
15 32 03/13/44 NOBALL NO. 74 BOIS DE LA JUSTICE  42-38039  
16 33 03/15/44 BRUNSWICK  42-38039 This aircraft was damaged on this mission, subsequently transferred to the 388th BG, and lost during April 1944
17 35 03/18/44 MUNICH  42-31095  
18 37 03/22/44 BERLIN 42-37854  
19 39 03/26/44 NOBALL NO. 93 LA SORELLERIE 42-32081  
20 42 03/31/44 LUDWIGSHAFEN 368 ?  
21 45 04/10/44 DIEST SCHAFFEN 42-107020  
22 46 04/11/44 ARNIMSWALDE 42-107020  
23 47 04/13/44 AUGSBURG 42-107020  
24 48 04/18/44 ORANIENBURG RATHNOW 42-107020  
25 49 04/19/44 LIPSTADT WERL 42-107020  
26 50 04/20/44 NOBALL 42-107020  
27 51 04/22/44 HAMM 42-107020  
28 52 04/24/44 FRIEDRICHSHAFEN 42-107020  
29 55 04/27/44 LE CULOT 42-107020  
30 56 04/29/44 BERLIN 42-107020  

 

Photo from Shields’ History: 447th Bomb Group probably taken at Harvard in Oct or Nov 1943.

 Lt. William Hitchcock Pilot
 Lt. Edwin Chapin Copilot
 Lt. Joseph Gentner Navigator
 Lt. William Fisher Bombardier
 Sgt. Fred W. Shoksnyder  Engineer
 Sgt. John C. Pritchett  Radio Operator
 Sgt. Charles H. Sanner  Ball Turret Gunner
 Sgt. James G. Sykes  Waist Gunner
 Sgt. Walter Sechrest  Waist Gunner
 Sgt. Frederick Herudek Tail Gunner

 

Joseph D Gentner; Navigator

 

While the aircrews were getting all the glory, back at Rattlesden ground crews worked around the clock to keep the aircraft of the 447th in the air.  Harvey May Jr.‘s crew also included crew chief Norman V. Shoup, L. Dittman, G. Reinke, J. Coppinger, A. Baylor, H. Smith and D. Bohn.

 

 

 

 

In the archive: Combat Diary- Lt. Joseph Gentner; Deployment orders for the 708th from US to England, provided by Mr. Gentner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Some photos/information provided by:
Mr. Joseph Gentner
Mr. Steve Borcherding (grandson of 708th Squadron mechanic S/Sgt Harvey May, Jr.) 
Mr. Michael Berry

Some information and/or images sourced from the American Air Museum database