Born 24 November 1922
Died 14 May 1943
Buried at Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, TN
351st Bomber Group, 508th Bomber Squadron
Staff Sergeant Hilton was the Tail Gunner on aircraft 42-29862. The aircraft was on a bombing mission to Courtrai, Belgium and was shot down by fighters near Ostende, Belgium.
S/Sgt Hilton was the only crew member who was killed in action. The other crewmembers were taken Prisoner of War.
Pilot, 1st Lt Clifford J. McCoy
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Charles J. Nickels
Navigator, 2nd Lt Carlisle L. Nottingham
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Jerry C. Scollard
Radio Operator, T/Sgt Peter R. Brasic
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt George G. Osborne
Right Waist Gunner, Sgt William G. Lafferty
Left Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Cleman N. Smith
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Robert H. Hilton