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Robert D Harris

Military

completed 33 missions on B-17 'Sugar Jo'

Air Medal w 4/Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38273 Sugar Jo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15 JUly 1944. Kearney 24 July 1944.Grenier 8 August 1944. Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-S] Gt Ashfield 13 August 1944. Mid-air collision on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) 8 killed : Pilot Alexander Rusecky; Co-Pilot George C....

Missions

  • 642

    19 September 1944

  • 645

    22 September 1944

  • 652

    28 September 1944

  • 662

    3 October 1944

  • 667

    6 October 1944

  • 669

    7 October 1944

  • 8th Air Force 670

    9 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 674

    12 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 685

    22 October 1944

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Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lilly, PA 15938, USA 18 February 1923
Enlisted Altoona, PA, USA 5 January 1943
Died Matthews, NC, USA 14 June 2014

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 02:06:13 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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25th mission of the "Sugar Jo" crew. January 3, 1945. Group names target as "Schieiden". Personal log names "Karlsruhe". Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 01:54:13 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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24th mission of "Sugar Jo" crew. Ground support. January 2, 1944. Group database and personal log agree that the target was in the "Naibach" area. The name "Naibach" could have been a misspelling. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 01:37:27 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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23rd mission of "Sugar Jo" crew. Wenzendorf. December 31, 1944. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 01:34:08 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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22nd mission of "Sugar Jo" crew. Koblenz. December 28, 1944. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 01:30:34 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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21st mission of "Sugar Jo" crew. Gross Ostheim. December 24, 1944. One of the plane's own bomb load exploded at bombs away and pieces came through the tail of the aircraft. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 01:21:28 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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20th mission of the "Sugar Jo" crew. Geissen. December 11, 1944. The group flew over Paris at 2000 feet on the return from target. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 01:14:49 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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19th mission of the "Sugar Jo" crew. Hanover. December 6, 1944. Original target was Merseburg, but the PFF went out two minutes from bombs away. Changed to Hanover. Flak over Hanover was "heavy and accurate". One flak round went directly up through the left wing and burst above the plane. No 1 engine went out. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 01:02:06 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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18th mission of the "Sugar Jo" crew. Bingen. November 27, 1944. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 00:56:53 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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17th mission of the "Sugar Jo" crew. Merseburg. November 25, 1944. Engine number 1 went out before reaching the target. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2016 13:51:42 AlanHarris Changes to events
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Information from discharge paperwork.

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2016 12:22:18 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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16th mission for "Sugar Jo" crew. 11-16-1944. Eschweiler. Ground support mission. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2016 12:11:22 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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15th mission for "Sugar Jo" crew. 11-06-1944. Neumunster. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2016 12:07:32 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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14th mission for "Sugar Jo" crew. 11-05-1944. Ludwigshaven. Flak was "intense and very accurate". Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2016 11:59:20 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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13th mission for "Sugar Jo" crew. 11-04-1944. Hamburg. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 14:59:25 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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12th mission for "Sugar Jo" crew. 11-02-1944. Merseburg. Flak was "extra heavy & accurate". No 1 engine was hit. Plane returned to base and landed with "smoke pouring out of no 1 engine". Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission notes.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 14:45:39 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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11th mission for the "Sugar Jo" crew. 10-25-1944. Hamburg. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 14:40:38 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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10th mission of the "Sugar Jo" crew. 10-22-1944. Munster. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 14:33:39 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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9th mission of the "Sugar Jo" crew. 10/17/1944. Cologne. Aircraft received 1 hit in the wing. Flak described as "pretty accurate". Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2016 00:30:00 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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8th mission of the Sugar Jo crew. 1944-10-12. Bremen. Information from the 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2016 22:35:08 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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Added seventh mission of "Sugar Jo" crew. 1944-10-09. Mainz. Heavy flak just as the bomb bay doors opened. Pilot, copilot & several crewmen received minor wounds. The plane was hit in 15 different places. (Information from personal mission log.)

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2016 22:25:28 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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Added sixth mission of "Sugar Jo" crew. 1944-10-07. Merseburg. (Information from personal mission log.)

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2016 21:55:19 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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Added fifth mission for the "Sugar Jo" crew. 1944-10-06. Primary target was Berlin, but the plane's oxygen system went out and the decision was made to abort. The bomb load was dropped on an airfield East of Heligoland. (Information from database of 385th and personal mission log.)

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2016 21:05:58 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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Fourth Mission of Sugar Jo crew. 1944-10-03. Glebelstadt / Wurzburg. Information from 385th Bomb Group database and personal mission log.

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2016 13:22:00 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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Added third mission. Merseburg 1944-09-28

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2016 13:03:20 AlanHarris Changes to nickname and mission associations
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Added second mission. Kassel 1944-09-22

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 18:07:34 AlanHarris Changes to mission associations
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Added connection to first mission. Koblenz on 1944-09-19.

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 17:52:10 AlanHarris Changes to awards
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Added AM & EAME.

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 17:37:01 AlanHarris Changes to place associations
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Added connection to Great Ashfield.

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 13:26:05 AlanHarris Changes to events and aircraft associations
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Aircraft connection added after research in 385th Bomb Group database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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