Ralph Kidd "Kid" Hofer


Kid Hofer & Duke on his P-51 "Salem Representative"

RCAF,  USAAF   Lt.   -   DFC (US) w/ 6 OLC,  AM x3

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Hofer's P-47 - The "Missouri Kid"

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Born 22 June 1921 in Salem, Missouri
Joined the RCAF in July 1941
Sent overseas in October 1942
Transfered to the USAAF in June 1943
Flew with the 334th FS, 4th FG
Not much for discipline, promotions came slowly
KIA 2 July 1944, Shot down (probably by flak)
- while strafing Mostar Airfield in Yugoslavia
He had just turned 23 about 10 days before

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Kid Hofer and Goody Goodson
Kid Hofer and Goody Goodson

BAGS 3 PLANES ON GROUND;
Lieut. Ralph Hofer Ties With Canadian Ace at 15

A FIGHTER BASE IN ENGLAND, May 31, 1944 (AP) - Lieut. Ralph Hofer, Mustang pilot of Salem. Mo., destroyed three German training planes on the ground today, tying Maj. James Goodson of Toronto, Canada, for the leading ground score of fighter pilots in the European theatre of operations, with fifteen planes destroyed.

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... and then I went like this ...

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Victories Include :

8 Oct 1943
6 Feb 1944
16 Mar 1944
18 Mar 1944
21 Mar 1944
23 Mar 1944
1 April 1944
8 April 1944
11 April 1944
18 Apr 1944
1 May 1944
12 May 1944
21 May 1944
22 May 1944
24 May 1944
28 May 1944
29 May 1944
30 May 1944
31 May 1944
one Me109
one Me109
one ??
two Me109s
one FW190
one FW190
one Me109
one Me109
one Me110
two He177s
one Me109
1/2 Me109
1/2 Bu131
one Me109
two FW190s
one Me109
  3  He177s
2.5 Fw190s
  3  Bu131s
destroyed
destroyed
destroyed
destroyed
destroyed OTG
destroyed
destroyed
destroyed
destroyed
destroyed OTG
destroyed
destroyed
destroyed
destroyed
destroyed
destroyed
destroyed OTG
destroyed OTG
destroyed OTG
Meppel-Zwolle area, Neth.
West of Paris

SE of Mannheim
Fliegerhorst Langendiebach
E of Hamm-Munster, Ger.

Celle (Germany) area
20 mi s/e of Stettin, Ger.
Heeresflugplatz Fassberg
Cologne area
20 mi N of Coburg
Rathenow area
Hamburg area
E of Hamburg
Magdeburg area
Mackfitz airfield
Oschersleben airfield
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15 / ? / ?

plus

11.5 / ? / ?   On The Ground
He is usually credited with 14 or15 OTG so I must be missing a few

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--- American Aces ---

--- Canadian Aces ---

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On these pages I use Hugh Halliday's extensive research (which includes info from numerous sources), newspaper articles via the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC) as well as other sources both published and private

 

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