Hatch, Herbert Brooks, Jr., 1st Lt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1056-Pilot, Two-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, Air Force Bases/ Installations
Service Years
1942 - 1945
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Stockton, California
Last Address
Skagit County, Washington

Date of Passing
Apr 24, 2002
 
Location of Interment
Pleasant Ridge Cemetery - La Conner, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On Jun 10, 1944 he became an "Ace in a Day" by shooting down 5 enemy fighters over Ploesti, Romania. He was also credited with 1.5 probables and 3 damaged in aerial combat.
 
His DSC citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Herbert B. Hatch, Jr. (ASN: 0-760190), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 71st Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 June 1944, during an air mission over Ploesti, Rumania. As part of the formation of fighter escorts for P-38 fighter bombers attacking a vitally important oil refinery in Ploesti, Lieutenant Hatch destroyed five enemy fighters, probably destroyed one and damaged another. In an effort to obtain surprise, the formation had flown at tree-top level but were attached by a numerically superior force prior to reaching the target. After engaging the enemy in furious combat, and expending all its ammunition, Lieutenant Hatch joined two other P-38's, whose ammunition was also completely exhausted, in a desperate attempt to assist comrades who were in need of help. Despite the lack of ammunition, Lieutenant Hatch returned with the formation through heavy anti-aircraft fire into the combat area and covered the withdrawal of another aircraft which had developed engine trouble. Lieutenant Hatch's gallantry in action, extreme devotion to duty, and outstanding heroism reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 38 (August 1, 1944)

Action Date: 10-Jun-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 71st Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 1st Fighter Group

Division: 15th Air Force

   
Other Comments:
Sources:
http://members.fortunecity.com/ww2airmen/hatch.html
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_hatch_h_b.php
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=31290
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74747035
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/71st_Fighter_Squadron
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Operations_Group
 
   
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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School71st Fighter Squadron  - Iron Men1st Fighter GroupAir Force Bases/ Installations
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1056, 71st Fighter Squadron - Iron Men
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1056, 1st Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, Air Force Bases/ Installations
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/North Apennines Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/North Apennines Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Stanford University
  1935-1938, Stanford University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-63  Kingcobra  
  1944-1944, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1945-1945, P-63 Kingcobra
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