James V. Hill, Jr. was born on February 7, 1917. He served in the 564th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group, as a Staff Sergeant and Gunner on the B-24J 42-51343 'Shazam' in World War II. On March 7, 1945, Shazam's crew was scheduled on a mission to bomb oil and communication facilities as well as railway marshaling yards at Soest, Germany. The weather at take-off was very bad. Clouds and icing conditions prohibited anyone from accurately observing the take-off. However, three witnesses state they saw the aircraft as it descended through the clouds. It appeared to level off, a wing separated from the aircraft, and fire broke out. The fuselage impacted the ground near Old Costessey, England, in Norfolk, and exploded. There were no survivors.
SSgt Hill is now buried in the San Jacinto Memorial Park, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA.
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