Fadden's Crew


Standing (L. to R.) - Bob Bradley (B), Jim Howell (N), Darrell D. "Hoppy" Hopkins (CP), Joe Fadden (P).  Front row - Merlyn "Shorty" Hall (BG), Enrique M. "Hank" Huerta (FE), Ralph "Bud" Hillman (RO), Tom Fehr (WG), Alex Campbell (TG). This photo was taken at Ardmore, OK, Jan. '45, at the completion of Combat Crew Training. Next stop - Station 174. (submitted by Bud Hillman).

Joe Fadden and crew were aboard "Homesick Angel" on the mission to Furth, GR on 5 APR 1945. This was their fourth mission. Over their target the #3 engine was hit and badly damaged. LT Fadden was able to put the aircraft down at a recently captured airstrip in Germany. The crew returned to Sudbury 2 days later and flew two more missions by war's end. The crew finished its tour flying #311, "Coaltown Express," and would fly this aircraft home.


CREW INFO
Name Rank Position First Mission Last Mission Status
Joe Fadden LT Pilot 03/22/45 04/20/45 returned ZOI.
Darrell 'Hoppy' Hopkins LT Copilot 03/22/45 04/20/45 returned ZOI.
James Howell LT Navigator 03/22/45 04/20/45 returned ZOI.
Robert P. Bradley LT Bombardier 03/22/45 04/20/45 returned ZOI.
Enrique M. "Hank" Huerta S/SGT FE/Top 03/22/45 04/20/45 returned ZOI.
Ralph "Bud" Hillman S/SGT Radio Operator 03/22/45 04/20/45 returned ZOI.
Merlyn "Shorty" Hall SGT Ball 03/22/45 04/20/45 returned ZOI.
Alex Campbell SGT Tail 03/22/45 04/20/45 returned ZOI.
Tom Fehr S/SGT Armorer/Waist 03/22/45 04/20/45 returned ZOI.
 
MISSION INFO
MISSION # DATE NAME ID S/N TYPE
171 03/22/45 Homesick Angel DC 44-6312 B17G
172 03/23/45 Homesick Angel DC 44-6312 B17G
178 04/04/45 Homesick Angel DC 44-6312 B17G
179 04/05/45 Homesick Angel DC 44-6312 B17G
181 04/08/45 Coaltown Express DE 44-6311 B17G
190 04/20/45 Coaltown Express DE 44-6311 B17G
Completed 6 mission

 
Created 05/15/99 Modified 12/23/16

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