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The first plane Bob (second from left in photo) was assigned to was a B-17F, serial number 42-9829. The crew voted to nickname the airplane, Son-O-Satan. Bob opposed the name but was voted out. On it’s first mission, 29 May 1943, over the U-Boat docks at St. Nazaire, France, the plane (Son-O-Satan) was so heavily damaged by FLAK, that it never flew in combat again. Bob was happy to get a new plane!

Connections

People

  • Robert Dawson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    25 mission club

Aircraft

  • 42-29829

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/2/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-F/P] Kimbolton 18/5/43; Missing in Action Bernburg 22/2/44 with Bob Haston, Radio Operator: Gordon Fisher, Waist gunner: Bill Nixon, Waist gunner:...

Locations

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2019 22:02:36 Norman Dawson Created entry with collection, caption, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

2 March 2002 Interview with Robert M. Dawson, by MSgt. Norman Dawson, USAF (retired)

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