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2nd Lt. Robert L. Schanen, Navigator of "Ascend Charlie"



  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Schanen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Second Lieutenant Robert L. Schanen was born September 16, 1917. His next of kin were his parents, William and Laura Schanen. He was from Port Washington, Wisconsin. ...


  • 42-5903 Ascend Charlie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/5/43; Denver 13/5/43; Geiger 23/6/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 29/6/43; Dow Fd 10/7/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-R] Framlingham 14/7/43; sustained battle damage over Bordeaux 16/9/43 with Herb Turner, Co-pilot: Fred Broers,...


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2016 20:18:09 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and aircraft associations

Photo courtesy of 2nd Lt. Schanen's family via William L. "Bill" Beigel