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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!



  • Robert Dawson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    25 mission club


  • 42-29829 Sons of Satan

    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:...


  • 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....


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

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