I noted this in another thread, but felt it deserved its own - when was Hogan shot down?
It's interesting that with 168 episodes, and 2.5 years betweenAmerica entering the War and July, 1944 (not many episodes can be after that, but some could be), it almost works out perfectly. But, there are some subtle hints that I think show Hogan was there either soon after the war began or even before, as I dont' believe date was ever given.
It took 6 months to train Schultz. 1-2 episodes could come during that time, but not many. I prefer to think of that as concurrent with them getting everything set up. It fits well, anyway.
A number of the episodes mention Stalingrad and not just the Russian Front. That battle started in September 1942, IIRC, and continued till something like Feb. of 1943. With HH, it's not "which episodes are in order' because almost none are; the question is, which episodes *must* come before or after others. That makes the "FUll House" Chronology seem like counting to 10 on your fingers, it's so difficult.
Let's figure that the earliest episode takes place in September, 1942. That leaves Hogan shot down in march, and that also leaves only 2 years to fit all the episodes in - do they all fit into 104 weeks? I'm not sure they can.
However, I think he could have been shot down while flying with the RAF on loan with other Americans, or at least he flew some missions that way. He coudl still be held as a combatant. And, he and Klink had known each other almost 3 yuears in one episode. If that took place in mid-1944, he had to be shot down in late 1941. And, I think it's doable. We never hear verbatim how he got shot down; he could have spewed lots of misinformation, after all. indeed, thta general who "knew all about him" and claimed to have studied him and shot him down might have been making him anxious for another reason - he was getting too close to the truth.
If all else fails, he coudl still have flown all those missions in a couple months right after America entered, and been shot down in, say, early march. As I say, that's doable, and that one episode could have been in September, say...but much after that and you have too many prisoners coming in from the invasion forces, etc.
Edit: Just heard back from someone that he'd have had to have a British uniform on while flying w/the RAF.
However, that general in "Hogan Gives a Birthday party," IIRC, could still have known his earlier missions were witht he RAF; that would give smple time for him to be shot down very early in America's entry in the war, and have 6 months to train Schultz.