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S/SGT  Ivan F. HUNTER

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG
SERIAL #: 17105898 STATUS: POW
MACR: 10356

Comments1: 10 N0V 44 WIESBADEN (FLAK)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

     A/C #42-106986      MACR #10356, MICRO - FICHE # 3816

1ST LT JOHN F. LUNDQUIST            P POW 10 NOV 44 WIESBADEN & INGELHEIM,  TAPS: 27 JUN 1987
1ST LT WILLIS C. DICKERMAN        CP POW 10 NOV 44 " " " "
1ST LT JAMES V. GOSS              NAV KIA 10 NOV 44 " " " " 
1ST LT DONALD G. MESTON       BOM POW 10 NOV 44 " " " " 
CPL JOHN S. WILLIAMSON, JR     ROG POW 10 NOV 44 " " " " 
CPL IRVING WELLS                     TTE POW 10 NOV 44 " " " "  TAPS: 05 APR 1978
CPL JACK W. MOORE                  BTG POW 10 NOV 44 " " " "  TAPS: 13 MAR 1979
CPL JAMES L. RAYNOR                 WG POW 10 NOV 44 " " " " 
CPL PAUL J. AMON                TOG/NG NOC
CPL IVAN F. HUNTER                    TG POW 10 NOV 44 " " " " 

418th Sqdn. This crew joined the 100th on 17 Jul 1944 and were on their 34th mission on 10 Nov 44.

 EYEWITNESS:  "A/C #986 was damaged by flak over the target at 1239 hours. #1 and #3 engines were windmilling. 
   At 1242 hours pilot called for fighter escort and asked for a heading to nearest friendly airfield.  Aircraft left the
   formation at 1243 hours at 5009N and 0810E and headed back alone."

 Several crew members reported Lt. James V. Goss was killed by a shard of flak which pentrated his steel helment.
    All crew members with the exception of Lt Goss successfully bailed out and were taken prisoner.

 Mission Log For Ivan F. Hunter 
 (Last 12 missions courtesy of Mr. Ivan F. Hunter in 1994....pw)

HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 7/28/44 MERSEBURG 
HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 7/29/44 MERSEBURG 
HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 7/31/44 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES) 
HUNTER I.F. 97230 S/SGT TG 8/2/44  TORGNIER/LaFERE 
HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 8/3/44  TROYLES (RAIL YARD) 
HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 8/4/44  HAMBURG (OIL) 
HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 8/5/44  MAGDEBURG 
HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 8/11/44 VILLACOUBLAY 
HUNTER I.F. 38175 S/SGT TG 8/13/44 NANTES - GASSICOURT 
HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 8/14/44 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL) 
HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 8/15/44 VENLO 
HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 8/18/44 PACY sur ARMANCON 
HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 8/24/44 RUHLAND (OIL) 
HUNTER I.F. 6092 S/SGT TG 8/25/44 POLITZ (OIL) 
HUNTER I.F. 31895 S/SGT TG 8/27/44 BERLIN (RECALL) 
HUNTER I.F. 46092 S/SGT TG 9/1/44  MAINZ (RECALL) 
HUNTER I.F. 46092 S/SGT TG 9/5/44  STUTTGART (AERO ENGS) 
HUNTER I.F. 6986 S/SGT TG 9/18/44 WARSAW 
HUNTER I.F. 6986 S/SGT TG 9/19/44 SZOLNOL (FROM RUSSIA) 
HUNTER I.F. 6986 S/SGT TG 9/25/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN 
HUNTER I.F. 6986 S/SGT TG 9/27/44 MAINZ 
HUNTER I.F. 6986 S/SGT TG 9/30/44 BIELDFELD 
HUNTER I.F.  S/SGT TG 10/6/44 BERLIN (SPANDAU)
HUNTER I.F.  S/SGT TG 10/7/44 HAMLIN MARSHALING YARDS (target of opportunity)
HUNTER I.F.  S/SGT TG 10/9/44 MAINZ
HUNTER I.F.  S/SGT TG 10/12/44 BREMEN
HUNTER I.F.  S/SGT TG 10/15/44 COLOGNE (MARSHALING YARDS)
HUNTER I.F.  S/SGT TG 10/17/44 COLOGNE (MARSHALING YARDS)
HUNTER I.F  S/SGT TG 10/18/44 KASSEL
HUNTER I.F.  S/SGT TG 10/26/44 HANOVER
HUNTER I.F.  S/SGT TG 10/30/44 MERSEBURG (OIL)
HUNTER I.F.  S/SGT TG 11/6/44 NEUMUNSTER (MARSHALING YARDS & AC)
HUNTER I.F.  S/SGT TG 11/9/44 SAARBRUCKEN (MARSHALING YARDS - SEC TARGET)
HUNTER I.F.  S/SGT TG 11/10/44 WIESBADEN & MAINZ


I am sadly reporting the death of Ivan F. Hunter.  He was a tail gunner in the 418th squadron of the 100BG.  He passed away on April 26, 2009.   I received a remembrance card from one of his relatives.   I had the the great pleasure of meeting Ivan Hunter about 2003 when he visited with us on one of his driving trips.
 
SSG Hunter was on Lt. John Lundquist crew which was on its 33rd mission when the plane was hit by flak.  Ivan bailed out and was a POW for the rest of the war. 
 
My father, Paul J. Amon, was a waist gunner in this crew when it arrived in the 100th in June/July 1944.  Dad was removed to the spare gunner pool upon arrival in the 100th when the crew was reduced to 9 crewmen.
 
 
Paul J. Amon, Jr.    amonpj@aol.com

Birth Date: January 5, 1915  
Death Date: April 26, 2009  

Place of Death:  Tompkins Memorial Health Center, Ft. Dodge.  

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 1, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Callender, with Rev. Kent Wallace officiating.  

Burial will be at the Callender Cemetery, with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the American Legion Post #431 of Gowrie.  

Visitation will be after 4:00 p.m. Thursday at the Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie.  

Ivan Francis Hunter was born in Roland Twp., Webster Co., Iowa.He graduated from Gowrie High School, with the Class of 1933. Ivan served in the United States Army Air Corps, during World War II. He was a Tail Gunner on B-17's and also a POW. Following his honorable discharge, Ivan returned to the Gowrie area, where he continued farming. On Feb. 12, 1947, he was united in marriage to Deloris Murrine Piltingsrud at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Callender. Ivan also worked at the soil conservation service as a soil tech in 1959, and retiredfrom that in 1975. Ivan continued farming until 1985. His wife passed away in 1994, and Ivan moved into Gowrie in 1995. Ivan was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church for over 66 years, American Legion Post #431, V.F.W., Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Ex-POW org., D.A.V. Ivan was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clisters, Good Conduct Medal, American Capaign Medal, 4 Bronxe Stars, WWII Victory Medal, and Prisoner of War Medal. His Bonb group was cited the Presidential Citation Badge.

MEMO 2:

Crew was on their 34th Mission.  For Additional information see Ivan F. Hunter Webpage.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Weisbaden DATE: 1944-11-10  
AIRCRAFT: "Sack Artist" (42-106986) CAUSE: FLAK  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 2501