670th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Sgt. Gerald Edward ("Jerry") Hart

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  17169842

Evaded Capture

670th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 22-Sep-1924, Havelock, IA

Entered Military Service: Date: 14-Dec-1942 At: Des Moines, IA

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 6-Aug-1944
Evaded Capture for 3 months until Liberated by Allies
Return Date: 5-Sep-1944

Died: 4-Oct-2008, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington

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Gerald Edward Hart

Spokane, WA

Gerald Edward Hart, 84, of Spokane, WA, passed away peacefully October 4, 2008 at Colonial Court in Spokane, WA. He was bom September 22, 1924 in Havelock, Iowa. Gerald (Jerry), like millions of other Americans, dropped out of high school to join the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served overseas and was shot down over France in his first mission. Gerald survived World War II, earned his GED and entered college at Iowa State.

While a student at Iowa State he met Dorothy the love of his life for nearly 60 years. Jerry and Dorothy were married on September 3rd, 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa. Jerry started his career as an aerospace engineer at Solar Aircraft Company in Des Moines, Iowa. Soon, however, he would move his family to California where he worked for Lockheed for the next 28 years and where they raised their four children. Jerry was always very proud that he was the lead engineer on the project that developed the black protective tiles for the space shuttle.

Jerry was actively involved in Archbishop Mitty Catholic High School activities, social events, and fundraising programs. Dorothy and Jerry became truly part of the life and culture of the Mitty Family.

An integral part of Jerry and Dorothy's life together was square dancing, skiing, tennis, and golf. In their retirement years, they enjoyed life in Mesa, AZ and Arnold, CA. They continued their love of t raveling in their motor home, as well as many cruises, and touring Europe.

Gerald was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy of Spokane, WA on July 29, 2008. Jerry is survived by five brothers and one sister, Kenneth, Donald, Eugene, Mary Anholt, Homer Smothers and Robert Smothers. Jerry was preceded in death by two brothers, Leo and Edmund. He is survived by son Daryl Hart and wife Cathy of Spokane, WA; daughter Teresa Hart of Folsom, CA; son Tim Hart of Maricopa, AZ; and son David Hart and wife Sandy of San Jose, CA; Granddaughters Lauren Morsell of Spokane, WA; Michelle Slagel of Twin Falls, ID, Jennifer Hart of San Francisco, CA, Kelly Hart of Tucson, AZ, Grandsons Jake Wines of Carlin, NV; Stephen Hart of Tor-rington, WY; Jeff Hart of Phoenix, AZ; Andy Wines of Lamoille, NV; Patrick Hart of San Jose, CA; Michael Hart of San Jose, CA; Great-Grandchildren Zachary and Hannah Morsell of Spokane, WA; Jack Wines of Carlin, NV; and Wyatt Wines of Lamoille, NV.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 10th at 1 1 a.m. at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, 4950 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA. Internment services will be at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gerald's name may be sent to Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur, PO Box 2215 Spokane, WA 99210.

The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa), 08 Oct 2008, Wed, Page 8, Gerald Edward Hart Obituary, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com/image/131073684/?article=9f1e1739-fdb7-42c4-ac38-57f655d7df73 [subscription required] : accessed 9 April 2021)

Transcribed Obituary Posted to Ancestry.com 22 May 2017 by lindah6653

Extracts from Hart, Gerald E. (SGT.) Escape & Evasion Report EE-1483 (Original NARA Report)

MIS-X Report Number: EE-1483
Interviewed by I.S.9 (WEA): 5 Sep 44
Date missing in action: 8-6-44
Date arrived in UK: 9-5-44

Narrative (Appendix "C")

Sgt. GERALD E. HART --- "C"

I was crew-member of an A-20 shot down on 6 August 1944 about 2 miles N of LOUVIERS, at the town of ST. JEAN. I stayed in the woods for five days, having food brought to me by a Frenchman who then took me to LOUVIERS, where I was met by another guide who took me to the house of M. HUVY (?), who had a farm just West of town. He kept me 3 days. While I was here I met Mr. DACE, an Englishman, assistant to the local resistance chief, M. "ARTHUR", mayor of LOUVIERS. I then went to ARTHUR'S house in LOUVIERS for two days, then to his wool factory for 10 days, where I was picked up in the Allied advance on about 2 September.

Narrative 2

A-20 Crew member shot down 6 Aug about 2 mi. north of Louviers, at St Jean. Stayed in woods 5 days. Was brought food and clothing by Frenchman, who took him in to Louviers, where another guide took him to farmhouse of M. Huvy (?), west of Louviers. Kept him 3 days. Here met Mr. Dace, Englishman, who was assistant to M. "Arthur", mayor of Louviers, chief of underground in Louviers area. Thence to Arthur's house in Louviers for 2 days, thence to Arthur's wool factory for 10 days until Americans came. Joined St. Seiler. Went back by American truck to C-47 airstrip, thence to 9th AF Hq, thence to Cherbourg Airfield & to U.K.

French Helpers listed in Escape & Evasion Report EE-1483:


See E&E Reports for general information.

MACR 7872 Details

A/C Seen to Crash. Acft hit by flak over target area, flamed, dropped out of formation, went into flat spin. Last seen to crash east of Louviers.

Important Note: S/N "43-9987" listed in the MACR report should actually be "43-9978".

Missing in Action: Lt. T.W. McManus, Sgt. G.A. Hart, Sgt. J.H. LaPionte--plane seen to crash in the target area.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 116

Photos and Documents
1925 IA Census
1930 US Census
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Passenger List
Veteran Compensation Application
Veteran Compensation Application
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Des Moines Tribune
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Globe Gazette
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City Directory
1955 Des Moines, IA
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1962 San Jose, CA
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The Spokesman Review
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The Spokesman Review
WW II Honoree

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