B-26 (41-31741) 'Winnie Dee II' Monument
Francis Lee Hunt was born on January 1, 1919, in Currie, North Carolina. He was the son of Allen Lee Hunt and Sallie E Fussell Hunt.
Francis served in the 449th Bomber Squadron, 322nd Bomber Group, Medium, as a First Lieutenant and Pilot on the B-26 #41-31741 "Winnie Dee II" during World War II.
On August 12, 1944, his crew took off from Station 485 (RAF Andrewsfield) in England on a mission to induce German fighters to scramble so they could be engaged by escorting fighters. Shot down by flak at 20H40, their plane exploded in flight and crashed in l'Ętre in the commune of Saint-Pierre-du-Regard. All members were killed in this incident except for SSgt Thielan, who was able to evacuate by parachute.
1Lt Hunt is now buried in the Rockfish Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Wallace, Duplin County, North Carolina, USA.
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