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Owen B. (O.B.) Hill - HQ 1st

I served with distinction in HQ 1 Communications Platoon as Battalion Message Centre Chief from March 1943 to August 1945.

Nottingham was an attractive city. It had ample pubs, nice people and an exciting history.

However, we trained night and day preparing for combat somewhere in Europe.

In early June 1944, we moved to an airport and completed preparations for entry into combat. We spent many hours studying sand tables, mock ups and maps, but no one told us where we would land in Europe. After we were in our C.47 aircraft, we were told the objective was Normandy.

After landing, we fought off German attacks in a place that we called Hells Half Acre. We later joined up with other 508 troopers.

On 13th June 1944, I was wounded and evacuated to England. I rejoined HQ 1, in December 1944 at Sissone, France.

My joyful re-union with my comrades was brief.

On December 17th 1944, the 508th was alerted to confront a massive German force moving swiftly through the Ardennes, Belgium, aimed at capturing the English Channel port of Antwerp.

Early on December 18th 1944, we were loaded into open trucks for a terribly long cold ride to Werbomont, Belgium.

During an attack on January 26th 1945 I was wounded again and evacuated.

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