Shot down by fighters and crashed near Luxembourg, Belgium on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24 42-100280 'Lil Audrey'. Prisoner of War (POW).
Also took part in Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF and interned in Turkey plane was 42-40744.
June 25, 1943 on training mission, B24 42-40774 collided with another aircraft.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner; ball-turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
Drafted into AAF in 1942 at age 20 while living in Gary, Ind. Assigned to Eighth Air Force. Assigned as gunner to B-24 crew headed by pilot Joseph H. Hardison while training at Tucson, Ariz. Later transferred to 389th Bomb Group, 565th Bomb Squadron as...
Military | Captain | Pilot / Co-pilot | 389th Bomb Group
Robert Schwellinger was born in Toledo, Ohio and graduated in 1939 from Woodward High School. He enlisted in the Army nearly a year before Pearl Harbor.
Units served with
The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...
Crew interned in Turkey.
Damaged in a Mid-Air-Collision on 25 June 1943 with B-24 42-40687 while on a training mission
1 August 1943
Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...
||Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
||1 August 1943
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||24 February 1944