Hannaford, Gerald K, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1960-1964, 1421A, USAFE Headquarters
Service Years
1942 - 1964
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Grand Rapids
Last Address
Erfurt, East Germany

Casualty Date
Jan 28, 1964
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Germany, East
In The Line of Duty
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec: 4, Site: 2902-B

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Cold War Fallen
  1964, Cold War Fallen

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
10th Air Force490th Bombardment Squadron, Medium341st Bombardment Group, Medium5th Air Force
3rd Bombardment Group, Light13th Bombardment Squadron, Light422nd Bombardment Squadron, HeavyUSAFE Headquarters
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1081, 10th Air Force
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1081, 490th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1081, 341st Bombardment Group, Medium
  1947-1950, 1121Z, 5th Air Force
  1950-1953, 1121Z, 3rd Bombardment Group, Light
  1950-1953, 1121Z, 13th Bombardment Squadron, Light
  1953-1953, 1121Z, 422nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1960-1964, 1421A, USAFE Headquarters
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater
  1950-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  UC-64 Norseman  B-26 Marauder  B-45 Tornado  
B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader  T-39 Sabreliner  
  1944-1945, B-25 Mitchell
  1945-1945, UC-64 Norseman
  1945-1945, B-26 Marauder
  1953-1953, B-45 Tornado
  1961-1961, B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader
  1964-1964, T-39 Sabreliner
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 28 January 1964, an unarmed USAF T-39A twin engine jet trainer (#62-4448) piloted by Captain John F. Lorraine departed Wiesbaden, West Germany, at 14:10 on a routine three-hour familiarization and training flight. Aboard was the pilot instructor, Captain John Lorraine, and two student pilots for this particular aircraft, Lt. Col. Gerald K. Hannaford and Captain Donald G. Millard.

All aboard were killed when the aircraft was attacked and shot down by two MiG-19 aircraft of the Soviet Union.

According to records, the aircraft had flown approximately 90 kilometers into East Germany at the time the MiGs were scrambled and shot down the American aircraft. The aircraft came down near Vogelsberg village, Thüringen (then in East Germany), crashing into Bonifacius Hill.

A memorial was placed in their honor at Bonifacius Hill near Vogelsberg. Inital efforts by the citizens of the local community to place memorials on the site were torn down by Soviet authorities each time.

Those lost were:

Pilot and instructor:  
Captain John F. Lorraine (senior pilot) 

Student pilots:
Lt. Col. Gerald K. Hannaford (command pilot, staff officer Operations, Hq., Lindsey Air Station, USAFE )
Captain Donald G. Millard (senior pilot and informations officer, Hq. USAFE)

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