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Dad’s Anti-Aircraft Group

Dad’s Anti-Aircraft Group

Anti Aircraft Group in England as they were preparing to go into Normandy, France, around May 1944. My dad, John Frank Hines (far left), was with the 601st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. The unit entered Normandy on D-Day plus 10 and ended up in Antwerp, Belgium, shooting down V-1's (buzzbombs). Dad was a PFC and earned four bronze stars. I wish I knew the other men in the picture.

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The buzz bombs

My grandmother remembers an article being published in our local newspaper about the unit being given credit for shooting down the first one. My cousin who works for the paper has tried to locate the article, but hasn't been blue to find it. Does any one have an idea when this happened? My grandfather doesn't like to talk about it too much.

I also believe that my grandfather is the man on the bottom row, far right. Laron Self from Pontotoc, MS

601st AAA

My father, Robert Farrell, was in the 601st. He died in 2002. I was going through an old photo album and some of these soldiers are in some of his photographs. It would be great to trade photos of this unit with anyone who has them.

Tom Farrell

Battery C

My dad, Frank Hines, was with Battery C

Richard Triola

I would like to get in touch with Richard Triola. I served with him in Battery C. I have a Narrative History from Gordon R. Kerr and some other stuff you may be interested in.

And included is the citation of the Belgium Fouragere for Antewrp X.

-- Millard Sumrall


The Fouragere was from Belgium. They received that for being mentioned in the order of the day twice. My dad was in D Battery. I have a found a lot of info over the years and have some records of the men. I will check to see if I find anything on Rich Triola.

R. Holder, Lubbock, TX

Served with your dad

My husband, Rich Triola, knew the guys in the photo right away. He served with them in the 601st battery C. He would like to hear from anyone he served with as we have been searching the internet for information about the 601st. Also he says that the Fouragere the 601 got was from France, but I think it was from Belgium for Antewrp you know which it is.

Dad's battery

What battery of the 601st was your dad in? My brother was an officer in Battery C of the 601st in England, France, Belgium (Antwerp X), etc.

You may already have this…

…but you might try this link, which gives a contact for an alumni organization for the “601st AAA Gun Bn (WW II)“

Great shot

I am sure you are very proud

My dad

Thanks Jen, Larry

Your Dad was a handsome man!

Your Dad was a handsome man!

601st AAA

What a great picture. Thanks Larry.

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