Here are some photos of an Aviator's Kit Bag that I picked up some time ago.
It is named to 2LT Ralph Hodgson who was shot down, into the sea, in 1944.
He and his serial number are listed on the 720th Squadron roster of
officers dated 25 February 1944.
The crew are listed on the wall of missing at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery.
His name is on the bag three times; both sides and the top.
I think I have narrowed down the possible Missing Aircrew Report of this
MACR # 3710 aircraft # 42-78083
MACR # 3584 aircraft # 41-28612
MACR # 3958 aircraft # 42-52088
Yes, I know I should have a Fold3 account, but I have not gotten around
to doing that!!!!
I am guessing that after he did not return, someone in his tent used his bag and
brought it back to the US. The guy I got the bag from had no information, "just a
Well, It is not just a kit bag!!!