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Henry W. McCullough, Pilot
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(Assigned 427BS: 25 December 1944 - photo USA Training)

(Back L-R) 2Lt Henry W. McCullough (P)(KIA), F/O Herring "Harry" Joyce, Jr. (B)(KIA),
Sgt James Hacker (RWG), 2Lt James F. Kepfer (CP), 2Lt Maurice R. Herrick (N)(KIA)

(Front L-R) Sgt Therman F. Conaway (TG)(KIA), Sgt Jack Thompson, Jr. (LWG)(KIA),
S/Sgt Bernard S. Kauffman (R)(KIA), Sgt Jake Wabeke (E), Sgt William V. Kimber (BTG)(KIA)

Not in photo: Sgt Samuel M. Hindman (E)(KIA)

Two missions flown by the 2Lt McCullough Crew: 300 (10 Jan 45) and 301 (13 Jan 45)

Crew Notes:

  • 2Lt Henry W. McCullough (P)(KIA) - Flew as CoPilot on the two crew missions with 2Lt Oliver T. Eisenhart as Pilot. Never had an opportunity to fly with his crew as 1st Pilot.

  • 2Lt James F. Kepfer (CP) - Stood down on the crew's only two missions. Removed from combat status and never flew a combat mission with the 303rd BG(H)

  • Sgt Jake Wabeke (E) and Sgt James Hacker (RWG) - reassigned elsewhere before crew arrived at Molesworth.

2Lt Henry W. McCullough

#43-38689 with the 2Lt Eisenhart Crew out of control.

Final Mission:
Mission #301, 13 January 1945 to Mannheim, Germany in B-17G 43-38689 (No name) (427BS) GN-A, 2Lt Oliver T. Eisenhart Pilot. B-17 received a direct flak hit on the tail that blew off the left horizontal stabilizer and pulverized the whole tail. The aircraft started down in a steep dive, then broke up in the air and crashed at Roxheim, Germany. The entire crew of nine men were killed in action. Lt Eisenhart, Lt McCullough, Lt Herrick, Sgt Hindman, S/Sgt Kauffman and Sgt Kimber are buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery near Moselle, France.

2Lt and Mrs. Maurice R. Herrick

[Crew photo and Lt McCullough photo courtesy of Scott Horlacher]
[Lt. Herrick photo and clippings courtesy of Billy Herrick]
[Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]