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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.