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Robert Drury Bateson

Military

MACR Number: 2862 Date: 440225 Aircraft Type: B-17
AAF S/N: 42-39841: Group Squadron: 96/339 Pilot: Lupole

Lt. Bateson was the copilot flying a 96th Bomb Group, 339th Bomb Squadron, aircraft on February 25, 1944 when he was shot down. The aircraft tail number was 42-39841 and was named "Wacky Woody". This aircraft was assigned to the commander of the 96th Bomb Group and this was its last flight before it was scheduled to return to the United States. Since the aircraft was the group commander's aircraft, it was equipped with bulletproof glass in the cockpit and would play as a factor in saving Lt. Bateson and his crew. The group was scheduled to fly a bombing run on a Messerschmidt plant in Regensburg, Germany. Lt. Bateson and his crew were shot down in the area of Saarbrücken, Germany by a flight of three (3) Focke-Wolf 190s after suffering flak damage en route to Regensburg.

Lt. Bateson attempted to bailout through the bomb bay doors but there were 500-pound bombs in the way so he was forced to exit the aircraft by way of the navigator's door.

After landing inside the city of Saarbrücken, Lt. Bateson was captured by German civilians and military forces. Lt. Bateson was the only member of the crew to land inside the city. He was sent to Durchgangslager der Luftwaffe (Dulag Luft) for interrogation before being transferred to Stalag Luft 1, Barth Vogelsang Prussia 54-12.

Service

People

  • Joseph Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak and crashed near Saarbrucken, GR on a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39841. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Buhs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak and crashed near Saarbrucken, GR on a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39841. Prisoner of War (POW). Repatriated due to injuries - date unknown.

  • Roy Bumsted

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak and crashed near Saarbrucken, GR on a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39841. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lyle Hathaway

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak and crashed near Saarbrucken, GR on a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39841. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Hodge

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak and crashed near Saarbrucken, GR on a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39841. Prisoner of War (POW). Injured by 20mm shell. Held in camp Stalag 9c Bad Sulza Saxe Weimar 51 11.

  • Paul Kaltenbacher

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak and crashed near Saarbrucken, GR on a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39841 "Wacky Woody". Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Lupole

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 February 1944 at Saarbrucken, Germany in B-17 #42-39841. Prisoner of War (POW). Amputation of right leg. Repatriated due to injuries in Feb 1945. Germany POW camp : Stalag 9c Bad Sulza Saxe Weimar 51 11

  • Mitchel McArthur

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak and crashed near Saarbrucken, GR on a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39841. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Harrison Savant

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak and crashed near Saarbrucken, GR on a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39841 "Wacky Woody". Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39841 Wacky Woody

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 16/9/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-G] Snetterton 9/10/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 25/2/44 with 452BG crew with Bill Lupole WIA (leg amputated), Co-pilot: Bob Bateson, Navigator: John Buhs (Wounded in Action), Bombardier: Roy...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hopedale, MA, USA 1 November 1917

Town of Hopedale
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA

Died Springfield Hospital, 271 Carew St, Springfield, MA 01104, USA 25 September 2015

Springfield Hospital
Springfield
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA

Buried Gate of Heaven 421 Tinkham Rd, Springfield, MA 01129, USA 22 October 2015

Burial:
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Springfield
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2017 22:49:20 PavelowGuardian Changes to events
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Extracted from the birth and death certificates of Robert Drury Bateson.

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2017 22:42:00 PavelowGuardian Changes to events
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Wilbraham Funeral Home - Obituary dated September 25, 2015.

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2017 21:48:41 PavelowGuardian Changes to biography
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MACR Number: 2862 and personal interview with Robert Bateson.

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2017 21:31:25 PavelowGuardian Changes to middlename, highest rank and mission associations
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My father only flew seven combat missions before being shot down on February 25, 1944, Day 6th of BIG WEEK or Operation Argument.

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2017 15:47:55 CAROL BAKER-MURRAY Changes to media associations
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personal photo collection

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2017 15:43:22 CAROL BAKER-MURRAY Changes to media associations
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personal photo collection

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2017 18:38:09 CAROL BAKER-MURRAY Changes to events
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https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=153187385

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2017 18:29:21 CAROL BAKER-MURRAY Changes to events
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http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=42959

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2017 17:28:12 CAROL BAKER-MURRAY Changes to person associations
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http://www.teunispats.nl/jack-edward-gibbs-4.htm

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2017 12:00:09 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, unit associations and place associations
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http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=42959

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2017 06:01:05 CAROL BAKER-MURRAY Changes to person associations
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WW crew

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2862, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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