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No records pertinent to the early life of Samuel M. Hindman have been located. His NARA enlistment records show he was inducted at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, although his residence is listed as Arizona. His military service began March 27, 1943, as shown by his enlistment papers, that also stated he had completed grammar school, and was employed as a general farm hand.
The Kentucky Birth Certificate Index 1911-1999 confirms nativity as Kentucky and date as 1924. His mother is listed there as Katie Burch.
After basic training, Hindman received training as a flight engineer and also an aerial gunner. He was sent to England in late 1944, and was assigned to the combat crew headed by Lt McCullough. He flew 2 missions with this crew, on January 10th and 13th, respectively.
On the bombing run to the target, the railroad bridge at Mannheim, Germany, the aircraft was struck by flak. The blast blew off the horizontal stabilizer and pulverized the tail assembly. The aircraft went into a steep dive, then broke apart in the air. The wreckage fell near Roxheim, Germany.
German records state troops recovered 7 bodies from the crash site, although one was not of this crew. Later reports show three additional names penciled in. After the war, the bodies were recovered and moved to mostly American cemeteries in Europe. Sgt Hindman presently lies in the American (Lorraine) Cemetery in France in Plot B, Row 18, Grave 57.
www.Kentucky Birth Records Index, 1911-1999
NARA Enlistment Records
Sgt Samuel Hindman was the assigned engineer and top turret gunner on B-17G $43-38689, no name and no nose art, assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.
Missing Air Crew Report 11574 covers this incident, and agrees with the mission loading list that the crew was composed of:
2 Lt Oliver T. Eisenhart p
2 Lt Henry W. McCullough c-p
2 Lt Maurice R. Herrick nav
F/O Herring Joyce, Jr. bomb
Sgt Samuel M. Hindman eng/tt gun
SSgt Bernard S. Kaufman r/o
Sgt William V. Kimber btg
Sgt Jack Thompson, Jr. wg
Sgt Therman F. Conaway tail gun
Ranks and grades as of mission date.
Although Lt McCullough was given his own crew, he was never rated as First Pilot, and flew both his missions as co-pilot.