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Aviators Kit Bag named, Killed in Action 1944

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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

incident to:

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

kit bag".

Well, It is not just a kit bag!!!








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