Hicks, Gerald Warden

Individual Personnel Data
Name Hicks, Gerald Warden   
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-784158   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #29 dated 5 February 1945
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 20 March 1945
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California
Additional Information
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.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 13565 (13.331 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Hicks, Gerald WardenPilotKIA
Flt. Ofcr. Hendricks, Jesse WilliamCo-pilotPOW
Flt. Ofcr. Thiefels, Robert JamesNavigatorPOW
CPL. Gussin, John AnthonyTogglierPOW
CPL. Winner, Charles HRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
CPL. Goodman, William LyleEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
CPL. Grocki, Robert DavidBall Turret GunnerPOW
CPL. Meek, Sherman EdwardTail GunnerPOW
CPL. Wolcott, Roger (NMI), JrFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 19 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
268 19 February 1945 Target: Coking Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑37971 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
269 20 February 1945 Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38673 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
270 21 February 1945 Target: Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Pilot 43‑38673 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
271 22 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ülzen, Germany
Pilot 44‑8408 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
272 23 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Plauen, Germany
Pilot 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
273 24 February 1945 Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
274 25 February 1945 Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
275 26 February 1945 Target: Schlesicher Railroad Station (Bahnhof)
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38800 Aircraft did not take off.
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑107125 but was unable to take off because of a bad tire.
Sortie Report
278 1 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Pilot 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
279 2 March 1945 Target: Low Temperature Carbonization Plant and Refinery of Deutsche Petroleum A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Rositz, Germany
Pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
280 3 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Pilot 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
282 7 March 1945 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bochum, Germany
Pilot 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
283 8 March 1945 Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Pilot 43‑39053 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
284 9 March 1945 Target: Henschel Tank and Locomotive Works
Type: Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Pilot 44‑6109 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
286 11 March 1945 Target: Vacuum Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 43‑37917 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
288 14 March 1945 Target: Railroad Bridge, Weser River
Type: Transportation
Location: Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
Pilot 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
290 17 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen (Leipzig), Germany
Pilot 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
291 18 March 1945 Target: Schlesischer Railway Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
292 19 March 1945 Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Pilot 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group.
Sortie Report
293 20 March 1945 Target: Deutsche Werft Submarine Shipyard
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑97271 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron. Hit by flak at 1655 hrs in #2 engine during withdrawal; was thrown out of formation to the right and dropped 7000ft; was last seen heading for the deck, apparently under control with no feathered props. Crashed near Ramhausen, Germany (northwest of Hamburg). MACR 13565
Sortie Report

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