41-30455         MACR 1058

 

On 26 October 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30455, assigned to 14th Air Force, 11th Bomb Squadron, Klingshan, India, departed the airfield at Kweilin, China, on a mission to Kiungshan, China. The crew was:

                                    Pilot                                         2ndLt Herbert F. Hempe                       0-522923

                                    Co-Pilot                                   2ndLt Gerald H. Dornbach                   0-793454

                                    Navigator/Bombardier            2ndLt Wayne J. Aberle                          0-673004

                                    Crew Chief                              SSgt Loren (NMI) Morris                     18129851

The witnesses to the crash of the B-25D were 2ndLt William F. Angell, 0-735496, 2ndLt George H. Laverell Jr., 0-735609, 2ndLt Charles A. Lutton, 0-669077, and SSgt Marino R. Galluzzo, 13060516. 2ndLt Angell reported that the B-25, making a gun run on a moving gunboat, formation was attacked by enemy fighters and he saw a Zero attack the B-25 at about a 100’ range and the right wing of the B-25 seemed to explode. Parts came off from the side of the right engine nacelle. The B-25 began a slow rollover and plunged toward the water, nose down. No parachutes were seen. 2ndLt Laverell saw it hit and it went under. He saw nothing reappear. 2ndLt Lutton reiterated this. The crash was near Kiungshan, China. There was no next of kin list in the folder.

 

HEMPE, HERBERT FREDERICK, Second Lieutenant, # 0-522923, USAAF

 

Hert F. Hempe was born on 4 March 1922 in Easton, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, to Frederick C. Hempe (1885-1935) and Amalia “Emily” P. (Pfersich) Hempe (1887-1959) (Tieringen, Wüttemberg, Germany). Siblings were Carl Henry Hempe (1920-2006), Elizabeth (Hempe) Robertson (1924-2017), Walter Oscar Hempe (1927-2003), Paul Gustav Hempe (1931-1972) and another brother.

 

After enlisting (enlisted SN 6982846) in the USAAF on 4 June 1940, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 26 October 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30455, assigned to 14th Air Force, 11th Bomb Squadron, Klingshan, India, departed the airfield at Kweilin, China, on a mission to Kiungshan, China. The witnesses to the crash of the B-25D were 2ndLt William F. Angell, 0-735496, 2ndLt George H. Laverell Jr., 0-735609, 2ndLt Charles A. Lutton, 0-669077, and SSgt Marino R. Galluzzo, 13060516. 2ndLt Angell reported that the B-25, making a gun run on a moving gunboat, formation was attacked by enemy fighters and he saw a Zero attack the B-25 at about a 100’ range and the right wing of the B-25 seemed to explode. Parts came off from the side of the right engine nacelle. The B-25 began a slow rollover and plunged toward the water, nose down. No parachutes were seen. 2ndLt Laverell saw it hit and it went under. He saw nothing reappear. 2ndLt Lutton reiterated this. The crash was near Kiungshan, China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Easton Cemetery, Easton, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Carl H. Hempe, born 30 June 1920, served in the U.S. Army, # 33834765, from 12 December 1943 to 5 November 1945. He died 19 October 2006.