Hull, Frederick J., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 748, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Inglewood Cemetery - Inglewood, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1940-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 748, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Frederick J. Hull was born in Nebraska on March 31, 1917 to Joe A. and Bessie R. Hull. (The US Census 1930 lists her as "Bessie L.") The US Census 1920 has the family living in Ridgeway, Nebraska while the 1930 has them in Kearney.

Hull enlisted at Fort MacArthur in California on November 6, 1940 as a private. His enlistment records show he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as a painter in construction. It also confirms nativity and year of birth.

He received training as both a flight engineer and an aerial gunner. After completing these courses, he was assigned to the combat crew led by Lt Wesley Sloulin in England in 1942. He flew several missions over Europe, mainly France, with this crew.

When the 32nd Bomb Squadron transferred some aircraft to North Africa in October, 1942, this crew was among those re-assigned. In November, 1942, they began flying missions in North Africa.

On January 7, 1943, the aircraft departed Biskra, but soon crashed, killing all personnel on board. The MACR does not detail much of what happened except to record the loss of aircraft/crew. No recovery of remains is discussed. SSgt Hull was evidently recovered as he is buried in the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, Nebraska.

NOTE: 301st Bomb Group records show the award of the Prisoner of War Medal to SSgt Hull, but no other source confirms this, and the MACR states all were killed.
US Census 1920
US Census 1930
NARA Enlistment Records



SSgt Frederick J. Hull was the assigned flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17F # 41-24350, nicknamed "Dumbo," assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16242 was issued. Mission loading lists show the following personnel on board:

1 Lt Wesley C. Sloulin  p
2 Lt Robert D. Olson  c-p
1 Lt Vincent C. Fratalli  nav
2 Lt William R. Crandall  bom
SSgt Frederick J. Hull  eng/tt gun
SSgt William M. Most, Jr.  r/o
Sgt  Frank Kahl  wg
Sgt  Leslie Clark  gunner
Sgt  Eldon L. Kimmel  tail gun
MSgt William White  pass
MSgt Linus C. Leonhard  pass
MSgt Ted A. Greenway  pass

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

All passengers (White, Leonhard, and Greenway) were aircraft mechanics -crew chiefs, No explanation for their presence is given.

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