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Robert Harsen Portsch

Connections

Units

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Portsch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G #44-6570. AC crashed after turning back from mission with No 2 engine smoking. Crew bailed out. Portsch stayed with AC to fly it out to sea, but crashed before reaching coast.

Aircraft

  • 44-6570

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 9/9/44; Grenier 26/9/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG [2G-P] Lavenham 15/10/44; ct fire on take off for Hannover with Bob Portsch; crashed Grove Fm, Pakefield, Sfk, UK; 2KIA 8 bailed; Salvaged.

Locations

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

  • Carlton Colville

    Crash site

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 18:51:48 usxpat Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial# 82231246

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 18:51:48 usxpat Changes to place associations
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial# 82231246

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