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Robert B Ketcham

Military

Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. In B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' fatally crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Robert Scales

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Injured in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44, rescued by two farm workers, Jim Lapthorne and his son, Jim Jr Returned to Duty (RTD). ...

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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. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97184 'Lady Godiva'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG [K] Knettishall 11/3/44; with Bob Scales, Co-pilot: Frank Spangenberg, Navigator: Delmar E Linder, Bombardier: Howard Rohman, Waist gunner: George W Whetstone (5RTD,...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Jersey 17 December 1919

Son of Robert B Ketcham.

Enlisted Fort Dix, NJ, USA 25 June 1942

Fort Dix
New Jersey

Based Knettishall 1943 – 26 August 1944

Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Ermington, Ivybridge PL21, UK 26 August 1944

In B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' fatally crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Neptune City, NJ 07753, USA 1951

Hamilton cemetery
Neptune, NJ.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2018 21:17:19 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310760404?terms=Robert%20B%20Ketcham
https://www.fold3.com/record/86133458-robert-b-ketcham
https://www.fold3.com/image/320935266

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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