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Robert Patrick Walker

Military

On 1 Mar 1945 he flew a low-level flight to Berlin to parachute two OSS agents. The mission was flown on a moonlit night at fence-top level all the way. The zigzag course, followed rivers and other features. It was successful.

Postwar: Bob made the USAF a career and flew C-54 transport aircraft in the Berlin Airlift and across the Pacific Ocean during the Korean War. After graduating from test pilots school at Edwards AFB, he became a USAF acceptance pilot for the Douglas B-66 program and test flew aircraft off the production line.

During the Vietnam War he flew RB-66C Destroyers from Thailand, and on 25 February 1966, a SAM missile struck his aircraft near Vinh, North Vietnam. He managed to fly the crippled jet to the Gulf of Tonkin where crew members ejected. A navy helicopter from the aircraft-carrier USS Ranger rescued five of the six members from the sea.

He retired a Lt. Col, then flew civil passenger aircraft until retiring a second time. Having served his country in three wars, he passed away 7 January 2010 and is buried in Texas.

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People

  • William Miskho

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 653BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. On 1-Mar-45 he was on a successful low-level flight to Berlin to parachute two OSS agents. The mission was flown on a moonlit night at fence-top level all the way. The zigzag course, followed rivers and other...

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. ...

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 653rd Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Austin, TX, USA 1941

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2018 10:41:56 Emily Changes to biography
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Moved information added by user Wattonman

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2018 03:46:50 Wattonman Changes to biography
Sources

Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII", Schiffer Publisher Ltd. 2011.

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2018 03:17:55 Wattonman Changes to nickname
Sources

Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII", Schiffer Publisher Ltd. 2011.

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2017 12:57:06 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, events, unit associations and place associations
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Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Aerial Intelligence of the 8th Air Force, pg 14, 30 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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