Hopper, Hugh David

Individual Personnel Data
Name Hopper, Hugh David   
Rank Sergeant / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 19099503   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #126 dated 23 October 1943
Duty Radio Operator / Gunner
MOS757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF
Last Duty Date 24 April 1944
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15
Additional Information
  • Promoted from Sgt to Staff Sergeant on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #178 dated 30 December 1943.
  • Promoted to Technical Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #14 Dated 21 January 1944.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty on or about 5 April 1944 to Moulsford Manor near Cholsey, Berkshire (a FLAK House) per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #64 dated 3 April 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 4348 (9.171 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Mabe, Walter BreedenPilotEV
2nd Lt. Bailey, Everett LeeCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. McKittrick, Vernon RussellNavigatorCT
SGT. Hopper, Hugh DavidRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Smith, Roger CarltonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Johnson, James Hansel, JrBall Turret GunnerKIA
PVT. Fleming, Paul HaneTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Zink, Chester HarveyFlexible GunnerPOW
SGT. Folmar, Warren AlexanderFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 19 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
36 16 November 1943 Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Radio Operator 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
Low group, low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
45 22 December 1943 Target: Steel Shops/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑29632 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back becuse all four engines were 'running very rough.'
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑31246 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low Squadron lead. Became separated from formation in dense coulds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
Sortie Report
52 11 January 1944 Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑31246 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, high group, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
59 5 February 1944 Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Radio Operator 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
62 11 February 1944 Target: Propeller Factory (Foundry)
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑29809 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF Stansted, Essex, due to low fuel and #1 engine knocked out by flak.
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97521 Aborted mission after taking off.
41A Group. Turned back; #1 engine out, landing gear failed to retract.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑29809 Aborted mission after taking off.
High Squadron deputy, lead group. Turned back at 0950 hrs because of a sheared fuel transfer selector valve shaft.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑29809 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, High Squadron Deputy, Low Group.
Sortie Report
68 28 February 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Radio Operator 42‑38112 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Gen. Robert F Travis, Commander, 41st Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy), Molesworth, England, flew aboard this aircraft as Flight Leader.
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97477 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97477 Aborted mission after taking off.
Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
Sortie Report
73 8 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97477 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
74 9 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
78 20 March 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑3440 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
80 23 March 1944 Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97477 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
85 29 March 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Nuthampstead due to weather.
Sortie Report
92 20 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Radio Operator 42‑97477 Combat Mission Credit
B Wing, High Group lead.
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑102448 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
94 24 April 1944 Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Radio Operator 42‑97477 Combat Mission Credit
High composite group lead. Left formation immediately after target and instructed deputy Laboda to take over lead; set course for Switzerland; 4 chutes; e/a, cr Maulbronn (25 miles NW of Stuttgart), Germany. MACR 4348
Sortie Report

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