ELLIS R. SEATON|
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
[Note: Hatch was gunner on H. L. Orthman's crew]
209 S. Grant
Clinton, IL 61727
7 June 1996
I was happy to receive your letter of 31 May 1996 and your effort to tell me what happened to B24 "Herks Jerks."
We arrived in England on 10 April 1944 with 72 new B24s. Finished our 30 missions and returned on convoy of ships and started back to the states 1 February 1945.
Harry Orthman sent me a copy of the Fortunes of War. Listed on a short letter we made 17 missions with the 44th and 13 missions with the 492nd. We were listed as Crew No. 806.
I received a letter from a Tony North. His address: 62 Turner Rd., Norwich, Norfolk NR24HB England.
He read my article in Happy Warriors magazine about our plane "Herks Jerks." He says after the 492-bomb group was taken off operations in August 1944 that "Herks Jerks" went to the 389th Bomb Group at Hethel, Norfolk. It survived the war and was flown back to USA on 21 May 1945. He listed our plane B24 No. 44-40125. His letter was written on stationery listed as "Second Division Association" - "The Liberator Group."
Sent him a letter thanking him for the information. With his letterhead I wonder if he works in our 8th Air Force Museum. [Yes. Will]