Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lt. Robert R. Hatch, USAAF-- Part 2: Flew Lyndon Johnson on Raid

One source said that Robert Hatch flew a B-26 Marauder named "Dixie" #01496 on 12 missions with the 19th Bomb Squadron of the 22nd Bomb Group against the Japanese at Rabaul, Lae and Salamua.

The plane was lost October 1, 1943.

This goes against his death being Jan. 10, 1943.

I found out that on 8 June 1942, the "Dixie" was one of eleven B-26 Marauders that raided Lae on June 9th.  On board as an observer was one Lt. Cmdr. Lyndon Baines Johnson, USNR, the future 36th president of the United States.

Of course, Lt. Hatch was from North Carolina which may have had something to do with the "Dixie" name of the plane.

Digging Deeper.  --GreGen

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