Description

Francis (Hank)Henggeler was born and raised on a farm in Northwest Missouri. From an early age he knew thathe wanted to fly. In order to be a pilot in the Army Air Corps, one was required to have a college degree.Hank had two years of college completed when he found out that he could join as an enlisted man and after oneyear of service apply for pilot school. Rather than complete his college degree, he decided to join and takehis chances that he could get into pilot school a year earlier.

Hank enlisted in 1936 and was assigned to radio school at Chanute Field. After one year of service, he was acceptedat pilot school. He went on to become a flight instructor. He was instructing B-17 pilots at Gowen Field, ID when ChesterCox selected him to be the original commander of the 563rd Squadron. After that he organized and trained his nine original crews before being they were all deployed to Knettishall.

Flying across the Atlantic was risky business in those days. Not only was the navigation equipment very primitivebut the B-17 did not have a very long range. There was limit room for any navigation error. At that time (June 1943) each B-17 that ferried over to England flew alone because formation flying required too much precious fuel. Hank did not have a crew but flew the 563rd support staff in an old B17-E named Lighting Strikes (42-3073)A navigator was assigned specifically for the trans Atlantic flight. On the hop from Greenland to Iceland, Hank felt that the heading given by the navigator was incorrect. Once they were due south of Iceland, he was able todetect a radio beam and turned the aircraft north to Iceland. Had he not done that they would have surely ditchedin the middle of the Atlantic.

Hank flew 27 combat missions and many of those as deputy or group commander. His most memorable missions wereas group commander to Brux, Czechslovakia, as deputy commander on D-Day and to Poltava, Russia.

Additional Information

Together We Served website provides Personal Biography for F. J. Henggeler

388th BG on YouTube website provides Video Interview for ?F. J. Henggeler

Missions
MissionCrewAircraftSortieCrewData
RowNumberDateCityCountryNameSqdrMsnSerialNameMsnOutcomeGroupPlanned Position
11 17 Jul 43AmsterdamNetherlandsSwanson 563142-30216 Jonny1Completed388-ALo-1-1
23 25 Jul 43WustrowGermanyBernard 563342-30234 3Completed388-AHi-1-1
39 15 Aug 43Merville-LilleFranceMillerL 563342-5904 Gremlin Gus1Completed388-AHi-2-1
410 16 Aug 43Poix-AbbyvilleFranceBernard 563742-30234 7Completed388-ALe-1-1
518 03 Sep 43MeulanFranceBernard 5631142-30234 11Completed388-ALe-1-1
626 02 Oct 43EmdenGermanyBernard 5631642-30863 My Devotion1Completed388-ALe-1-1
728 08 Oct 43BremenGermanyBohne 5631642-30350 12Completed388-AHi-1-1
830 10 Oct 43MunsterGermanyBernard 5631742-30863 My Devotion4A-Engine388-ALe-1-1
931 14 Oct 43SchweinfurtGermanyBernard 5631842-30207 Big Red20Completed388-ALe-1-1
1044 11 Dec 43EmdenGermanyChaffin 5612142-30207 Big Red22Completed388-BLe-1-1
1149 24 Dec 43Crossbow TargetBohne 5632342-30595 Gremlin Gus II / Olin 69'ers25Completed388-BLo-1-1
1250 30 Dec 43LudwigshafenGermanyAsmusson PFF0PFF-280 1A-Engine388-ALe-1-1
1351 31 Dec 43ParisFranceJarrendt 5602342-37849 Red X Darling7Completed388-ALe-1-1
1455 11 Jan 44BrunswickGermany  0PFF-500 2Completed388-ALe-1-1
1560 30 Jan 44BrunswickGermany  042-30731 3Completed388-ALe-1-1
1668 20 Feb 44Poznan (Posen)PolandWillson 562042-31741 Thunderbolt / Hi Fever / Haughty Hazy7Completed388-ALe-1-1
1779 15 Mar 44BrunswickGermanyBrenner 5601942-31577 Aquila14Completed388-ALe-1-1
1895 19 Apr 44LippstadtGermanyMontgomeryA2 562042-31802 Gyndia3Completed388-ALe-1-1
19111 12 May 44BruxCzechoslovakiaCampbellRJ 560042-97542 City of Savannah3Completed388-ALe-1-2
20131 06 Jun 44Invasion CoastFranceKneemeyer 5620  1Completed388-AHi-1-1
21135 08 Jun 44ToursFranceSande 5602642-102870 Chistlin Daddies3Completed388-ALe-1-1
22144 21 Jun 44RuhlandPrendergast 5633242-107202 Belle of the Brawl8Completed388-ALe-2-1
23169 25 Jul 44St. Lo AreaFranceThayer 561/5622943-37724 Old Silver/Solvang Revenger8Completed388-ALe-1-1
24177 06 Aug 44BerlinGermanySamson 5612742-97760 5Completed388-ALe-1-1
25194 09 Sep 44DusseldorfGermanyColburn 5622342-97760 13Completed388-ALe-1-1
26209 09 Oct 44MainzGermanyHancock 5631844-8251 3Completed388-ALe-1-1
27229 29 Nov 44HammGermanyGoodmanJ 5631644-8207 10Completed388-ALe-1-1
28239 30 Dec 44KasselGermanyGauthier 5623244-8146 17Completed388-ALe-1-1
Sortie Crews
RowMissionDateAircraftCrewPilotCopilotNavigatorBombardierRadio OpEngineerBall TurretRight WaistLeft WaistTail GunnerCommanderGrp NavMickeyJammerPhotoNose GunnerOther
11 17 Jul 4342-30216 Swanson R. W. Swanson H. O. Erickson C. A. Bergheimer C. H. McCandless F. L. Ward P. E. Kinder R. C. Shaw C. J. McMenamin R. A. Hambrecht W. A. Deane F. J. Henggeler
23 25 Jul 4342-30234 Bernard R. J. Bernard empty H. R. Lakow C. H. McCandless J. C. Rose A. Connors H. R. Kunselman E. R. Mullarney A. Bearent M. R.. Knight F. J. Henggeler
39 15 Aug 4342-5904 MillerL L. M. Miller W. P. Iverson E. J. Moretti W. G. Koenig E. R. Rogowsky D. J. Barry R. M. Lee V. L. Tonelli D. A. Beckwith A. F. Suhay F. J. Henggeler Capt Woodcock
410 16 Aug 4342-30234 Bernard R. J. Bernard R. F. Hoyt H. R. Lakow C. H. McCandless J. C. Rose D. M. Streeter H. R. Kunselman E. R. Mullarney A. Bearent M. R.. Knight F. J. Henggeler
518 03 Sep 4342-30234 Bernard R. J. Bernard R. F. Hoyt H. R. Lakow C. H. McCandless J. C. Rose D. M. Streeter H. R. Kunselman M. R.. Knight W. E. Davis Murphy F. J. Henggeler
626 02 Oct 4342-30863 Bernard R. J. Bernard R. F. Hoyt E. J. Moretti C. H. McCandless J. C. Rose D. J. Barry H. R. Kunselman E. R. Mullarney V. L. Tonelli M. R.. Knight F. J. Henggeler
728 08 Oct 4342-30350 Bohne R. E. Bohne W. J. Degataire H. D. Bellmer W. L. Mangum L. L. Southam W. J. Hannigan J. C. Arthur S. J. Cavallaro R. L. Allman M. W. Carlson F. J. Henggeler
830 10 Oct 4342-30863 Bernard R. J. Bernard B. M. Terry E. J. Moretti C. H. McCandless J. C. Rose D. J. Barry H. R. Kunselman V. L. Tonelli M. R.. Knight R. F. Burgess F. J. Henggeler
931 14 Oct 4342-30207 Bernard R. J. Bernard B. M. Terry E. J. Moretti C. H. McCandless J. C. Rose D. J. Barry H. R. Kunselman E. R. Mullarney V. L. Tonelli M. R.. Knight F. J. Henggeler
1044 11 Dec 4342-30207 Chaffin A. A. Chaffin F. W. Parker J. K. Dorsett M. Fletcher W. B. Haynes R. E. Joyce L. Mizera G. E. Gilbert empty J. C. Griscom F. J. Henggeler
1149 24 Dec 4342-30595 Bohne R. E. Bohne empty H. D. Bellmer W. L. Mangum L. L. Southam W. J. Hannigan J. C. Arthur S. J. Cavallaro R. L. Allman M. W. Carlson F. J. Henggeler
1250 30 Dec 43PFF-280 PFF unknown A. B. Millin R. J. Pomeroy unknown unknown unknown PFFunknown unknown unknown F. J. Henggeler
1351 31 Dec 4342-37849 Jarrendt R. T. Jarrendt R. E. Hodge D. E. Staples C. F. Hoff J. F. Tierney E. J. Forsta W. W. Hovatter G. N. Kastoll E. E. Cunningham empty F. J. Henggeler
1455 11 Jan 44PFF-500 PFF-Riley unknown unknown E. J. Morreti unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown F. J. Henggeler J. J. Cockerill
1560 30 Jan 4442-30731 PFF unknown J. E. Parker E. J. Moretti unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown F. J. Henggeler
1668 20 Feb 4442-31741 Willson C. P. Seymour G. N. Parker J. M. Flor C. M. Zettek B. J. Miazgowicz D. R. Leslie F. J. Hajjar W. H. Bemme J. Busse unknown F. J. Henggeler
1779 15 Mar 4442-31577 Brenner W. W. Brenner W. W. Colgan W. N. Skiff L. Baum J. Strauser F. G. Marcusson E. L. Sublette H. Monette D. Maitland empty F. J. Henggeler
1895 19 Apr 4442-31802 MontgomeryA2 A. R. Montgomery A. H. LeDoux J. M. Flor C. M. Zettick B. J. Miazgowicz D. R. Leslie W. W. Wiggins J. W. Busse W. H. Bemme empty F. J. Henggeler W. C. Carraway H. L. Bishop
19111 12 May 4442-97542 CampbellRJ R. J. Campbell R. M. Tucker empty J. W. Maher D. D. McIntyre A. D. Kawalec PFFE. L. Grindle B. Brooks M. A. Johns F. J. Henggeler W. C. Carraway R. H. Uhlinger
20131 06 Jun 44PFF-627 Kneemeyer R. B. Kneemeyer R. E. Allen W. M. Kline J. P. Waters R. A. DeMarce R. J. Oxley PFFJ. P. Dunn S. J. Fabitich K. L. Gray F. J. Henggeler T. S. McKinley
21135 08 Jun 4442-102870 Sande J. M. Sande P. K. Mead W. R. Fitch R. L. Jarvis F. W. Rice T. C. Linn H. R. VanKleck D. K. Porter J. W. Chambers empty F. J. Henggeler
22144 21 Jun 4442-107202 Prendergast F. C. Prendergast D. E. Riddle J. P. Spataro C. L. Pietrzak I. Amarnick J. E. Daugherty R. H. Thompson V. E. Parker empty G. B. Porterfield F. J. Henggeler
23169 25 Jul 4443-37724 Thayer D. M. Thayer D. B. Kluth R. G. Spencer J. J. Kotlarz C. P. Rosson D. V. Perske D. A. Rice F. O. Meehan M. M. Muth J. M. Clemer F. J. Henggeler W. C. Carraway L. C. Goodlette Gen. Kissner
24177 06 Aug 4442-97760 Samson C. Samson P. K. Mead M. C. Casebere J. W. Godwin C. T. Fleming A. Parsons PFFO. D. Wildman O. D. Hanan C. C. Claggert F. J. Henggeler W. C. Carraway C. M. Pierce
25194 09 Sep 4442-97760 Colburn J. W. Colburn C. R. Weekes M. H. Neiman R. E. Simmon G. E. Kragle W. R. Tobias PFFL. W. Granath F. E. Nutt F. J. Henggeler R. T. Heslam
26209 09 Oct 4444-8251 Hancock R. E. Hancock P. J. Bray E. H. Cohn P. J. McLaughlin E. J. Chaltron S. T. Seligman PFFW. W. Riddle M. Villalobos F. J. Henggeler T. S. McKinley N. F. Isaacs
27229 29 Nov 4444-8207 GoodmanJ J. N. Goodman J. Tkach E. R. Goldstein J. J. George P. J. Turnbach M. Bothwell PFFJ. A. Wood B. E. Bowlin F. J. Henggeler J. J. Ryan W. E. Miller
28239 30 Dec 4444-8146 Gauthier J. P. Gauthier R. M. Reese A. C. Weidenbusch H. J. Montevideo J. B. Segers S. E. Vann PFFE. Forti B. E. Smith F. J. Henggeler C. J. LeBlanc
Sources
Row          Source              Type    ArticleAuthorPage          Description           Notes
1388th Bomb Group BookMission ReportsEdward Phillips62history of the 388th
2388th Bomb Group BookMission ReportsEdward Phillips62history of the 388th
3388th Bomb Group BookCommand PilotsEdward Phillips102history of the 388th
4388th Bomb Group BookGround EchelonEdward Phillips161history of the 388th
5388th Bomb Group BookMiscellaneous PhotosEdward Phillips205history of the 388th
6388th Bomb Group BookMiscellaneous PhotosEdward Phillips205history of the 388th
7388th Bomb Group BookMiscellaneous PhotosEdward Phillips205history of the 388th
8388th Anthology Volume I BookAnd So It WasBob Seney7collection of stories of 388th veterans
9388th Anthology Volume I BookAnd So It WasBob Seney7collection of stories of 388th veterans
10388th Anthology Volume I BookDaily Bulletins - February 1944388th121collection of stories of 388th veterans
11388th Anthology Volume I BookA Soft LandingRobert Scalley152collection of stories of 388th veterans
12388th Anthology Volume I BookLittle Willie's First CrewJames Warner208collection of stories of 388th veterans
13D-Day 6 June 1944 Click to display pdf fileD-DayRobert Simmon1Colburn crew on D-Dayxx
14Radio to Crew Click to display pdf fileChapter 5J. H. Anderson135story of J. H. Anderson's WWII experiencesxx
15Captain Raymond G. Pendergast Click to display pdf filePendergastRG LogR. G. Pendergast1Log of Pendergast Crewxx
16Mission #177 Berlin ManuscriptMission 177 BerlinJohn H. Anderson1Kluth Rowe crew shot down over Berlinxx
17388th Newsletter 2000 April NewsletterIn the Beginning Little WillieJames B. Warner20
18388th Newsletter 2000 Fall/Winter NewsletterA Memorable ReunionEditor5
19388th Newsletter 2001 Spring NewsletterAfter 56 YearsRon Stone5
20388th Newsletter 2001 Fall NewsletterBig Red and MeDanny McGahan4
21388th Newsletter 2001 Winter NewsletterMail Call -5Francis J. (Hank) Henggeler26
22388th Newsletter 2003 Fall NewsletterBlack WeekJan Pack6
23388th Newsletter 2003 Fall NewsletterBlack WeekJan Pack6
24SO-43-097 SpecialOrders5John W. Wiseheart2Special Orders - 4 October 1943Unsuited For Flying Board
25SO-44-046 SpecialOrders6John W. Wiseheart1Special Orders - 15 February 1944Accident Investigation
26SO-44-057 SpecialOrders4John W. Wiseheart1Special Orders - 26 February 1944Flight Check Board
27SO-44-094 SpecialOrders1John W. Wiseheart1Special Orders - 3 April 1944Leave
28SO-44-158 SpecialOrders2Samuel L. Clark1Special Orders - 6 June 1944Investigation Board
29SO-44-194 SpecialOrders9Samuel L. Clark2Special Orders - 13 July 1944Aircraft Crash Investigation
30SO-44-247 SpecialOrders6Samuel L. Clark1Special Orders - 4 September 1944Promotion
31SO-44-251 SpecialOrders8Samuel L. Clark2Special Orders - 8 September 1944200 Mission Party Events
32SO-44-251 SpecialOrders8Samuel L. Clark2Special Orders - 8 September 1944200 Mission Party Events
33SO-44-283 SpecialOrders3Samuel L. Clark1Special Orders - 11 October 1944Internal transfer
34SO-44-288 SpecialOrders1Samuel L. Clark1Special Orders - 16 October 1944Group Air Executive
35SO-44-288 SpecialOrders7Samuel L. Clark1Special Orders - 16 October 1944563rd CO
36SO-44-290 SpecialOrders12Samuel L. Clark2Special Orders - 18 October 1944Flying evaluation board
37SO-44-302 SpecialOrders14Samuel L. Clark2Special Orders - 30 October 1944Transfer 563rd to 388HQ
38SO-44-302 SpecialOrders15Samuel L. Clark2Special Orders - 30 October 1944563rd CO
39SO-44-317 SpecialOrders13Samuel L. Clark3Special Orders - 14 November 1944Distinguish Flying Cross
40SO-44-342 SpecialOrders11Samuel L. Clark2Special Orders - 10 December 1944Awards Board
41SO-45-052 SpecialOrders6Samuel L. Clark2Special Orders - 27 February 1945Group Air Executive
42SO-45-052 SpecialOrders9Samuel L. Clark2Special Orders - 27 February 1945Group Air Executive
43SO-45-067 SpecialOrders7Samuel L. Clark2Special Orders - 14 March 1945TDY Leavenworth KS