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Robert Bernoske


Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Emergency landing at Steeple Morden in P-47D 42-22473. 20-Jan-44. Returned to Duty (RTD). Hit by flak in coolant system in P-51D 42-106815 and baled out near Vitry on 8-Aug-44. EVD. MACR 7430.

"Robert parachuted safely, though his hip and leg were injured. Hiding from a German patrol, he engaged the enemy with his .45 pistol. The French Resistance came to his aid and eliminated the enemy. Robert was taken into hiding by the French, moved from place to place. Eventually he was taken by cart, told to act like a mute and reached the river and thence to the Channel with the aid of French fishermen. He was then picked up by the English, returned to England to fly again."

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-106815

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-22473

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Belly Landing due to Engine Failure Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat 5 damage. Written Off.

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Lived in Hazleton, PA, USA 1941
Crashed Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 20 January 1944

Lost power on local test flight in P-47D 42-22473 and made emergency landing at Steeple Morden. 20-Jan-44. RTD.

E/A Destroyed 28310 Janville, France 6 June 1944

Ju87 destroyed Janville, France. 6-Jun-44.

Evaded (EVD) Vitry, 69430 Quincié-en-Beaujolais, France 8 August 1944

Hit by flak in coolant system in P-51D 42-106815 and baled out near Vitry on 8-Aug-44. EVD. MACR 7430.

Died 1998


Date Contributor Update
07 November 2016 16:44:56 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7430 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list