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Hilgeman Edward

Edward Hilgeman
Technical Sergeant
Serial Number:
706th Bomber Squadron, 446th Bomb Group
Date of Death:
Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio
Garden LN, Section 60, Lot 76, Space 668

Edward Hilgeman was born on February 26, 1908, in Ohio. He was assigned to the 706th Bomb Squadron of the 446th Bomb Group, and deployed with the unit to England in October 1943. The unit was tasked with striking a V-site near Blainville. France.

On April 27, 1944, TSgt Hilgeman was the Engineer of the B-24 H # 41-29543 that was assigned to a bombing mission on the marshaling yards at Blainville, France. The bomber stream encountered heavy flak en route to and over the target. The aircraft Scott was in was struck, with two engines set ablaze. The pilot nursed the wounded bomber back toward the English coast but eventually felt he could not make it. He gave the bailout signal. Two of the crew made it out.

Attempting to land, the aircraft struck the cliff top at Foreness Bay, near Cliftonville, Kent, England. Witnesses state the engines broke off, the remainder of the aircraft toppled backward on the beach, and exploded. All crew was killed except the two who bailed out. This was the 9th mission for the crew.

TSgt Hilgeman was one of the two who bailed out from the plane. He survived the war and lived up to 56 years of age. He died on April 11, 1956, is now buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA.

Crew listing on mission log is as follows:
1 Lt Harold J. Larson p
1 Lt Clifford L. Denning
1 Lt George M Hafner nav
1 Lt Claude Lanphere
SSgt Louis Bart gun
SSgt William Holt gun
SSgt Melvin Warren gun
SSgt Orval B. Scott gun
TSgt Edward Hilgeman eng
TSgt Carl M. Smith r/o

Crew positions not indicated were not given. No Missing Air Crew Report found, but individual names appear on USAAF Accident Log for April 1944.

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