669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Harold Finlay Hatch

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  13066543

Prisoner Of War

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)

WWII-Medal

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  Born: 3-Apr-1921, Hudgins, Mathews County, Virginia

Entered Military Service: Date: 24-Aug-1942 At: Richmond, VA
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 13066543

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 6-Jun-1944
Captured: 6-Jun-1944, Forges-Les-Eaux, By: Field-Police
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16
Return Date: Before 31-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 3-Apr-1946
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 73533

Died: 12-Dec-2005, Bayside, Virginia Beach City, Virginia

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry
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Obituary

Harold Finley Hatch
Virginia Beach, Virginia
December 12, 2005

Harold Finley Hatch, 84, of the 500 block of Thalia Rd., died December 12, 2005, at Sentara Bayside Hospital.

Born in Mathews, VA, he was the son of the late James A. Hatch and Wanda B. Brown. Preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Elsie G. Hatch of Williamston, NC; a sister, Donna Nelson of Mathews, VA; and a brother, Wayne E. Taylor of Mechanicsville, VA.

He is survived by two devoted sons and daughter-in-laws, R. Gary Hatch and wife Judy of Louisville, KY and David W. Hatch and wife Rosemary of Virginia Beach, VA; three grandsons, Ryan, Stephen and Tyler; and two step-grandsons, Stephen and Jonathan.

He retired from the Civil Service as a Marine Specialist Supervisor, was a member of the Thalia United Methodist Church, a Master Mason in the Kempsville Lodge 196, as well as a former member of the Khedive Temple and Charter member of Thalia Lions Club. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II and was shot down on D-Day, his 37th mission, and was a POW for a year. He was awarded several medals including the Air Medal.

The family will receive visitors at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel on Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at the Princess Anne Memorial Park on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Princess Anne Plaza Rescue Squad. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.

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MACR 6045 Details



Notes:
A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft and Other Circumstances. Crash landed just after target.

Description:
Two box leader's planes, Maj. Meng's and Maj. Campbell's, were hit even before they reached the target. ... Maj. Campbell was unable to make it. As the crews reported it, he kept his plane under control and appeared to make a normal landing in an open field in France. With him were Lt. William H. Palin, S/Sgt. Harold R. Hatch, and S/Sgt. James B. Thompson.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 68




Photos and Documents
1920 US Census
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Registration
16-Feb-1942
WW II Draft Registration
16-Feb-1942
Newspaper Clipping
Daily Press
07-Dec-1943
Apr 28, 1944
A-20J
669th Bomb Sq."Combat Crew". L-R: SSgt James B. Thompson, 1Lt Joseph (nmi) Kupits, Cpt Meredith Joy Huff, SSgt. Harold F. Hatch. A/C is "Holey Joe"
Harold Hatch
669th BS Gunners, Facing Camera: S/Sgt Gerald L. Coffey; Backs to camera L-R: S/Sgt Grady F. Cope, T/Sgt Jeong S. Wing, S/Sgt Harold F. Hatch, 1944
L-R: S/Sgt William E. Fields, S/Sgt Harold F. Hatch, T/Sgt Jeong S. Wing, S/Sgt Herman O. Carney, S/Sgt James B. Thompson, S/Sgt Russell J. Colosimo, S/Sgt Sterling F. Alden
MACR Capture document
Newspaper Clipping
Daily Press
05-Aug-1944
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Daily Press
05-Aug-1944
Newspaper Clipping
Daily Press
11-Oct-1944
Newspaper Clipping
Daily Press
11-Oct-1944
Newspaper Clipping
Richmond Times Dispatch
11-Oct-1944
Newspaper Clipping
Richmond Times Dispatch
11-Oct-1944
Newspaper Clipping
Richmond Times Dispatch
07-Jun-1945
Newspaper Clipping
Richmond Times Dispatch
07-Jun-1945
City Directory
1958_Norfolk, VA
Headstone
Headstone
Headstone
WW II Honoree
 
 



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Prisoner Of War (POW) Camps
Escape & Evasion (E&E) Reports
POW/E&E Terms and Acronyms
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