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Robert E Andrews


Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Claimed Me109 on 8-May-44 Berlin mission in B-17 42-97530, flying tail gunner for 1Lt Frederick H Ihlenburg. "Quittin' Time" and crew barely made it home over white cliffs of Dover to an RAF base, riddled with holes.

Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), GC, EAME (5 battle stars), WWII Victory, Unit Citation.



  • Frederick Ihlenburg

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD ...

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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. ...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb 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...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31786 Jeanne Ricky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/12/43; Gt Falls 20/12/43; Kearney 1/1/44; Grenier 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-L] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Andy Drobysh, Co-pilot: Harry Gousha, Navigator: Clem Irons, Bombardier: Bob Hudson,...

  • 42-97530 "Quittin' Time"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/43; Kearney 28/12/43; Presque Is 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Gt Ashfield 25/1/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...


  • 344

    8 May 1944

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...


Event Location Date
Born Macon, Georgia 13 June 1923
Enlisted Spence Field, Moultrie, GA 31 October 1942

Spence Field,
Moultrie, Georgia

Based Great Ashfield April 1944 – September 1944

Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Gainesville, GA 18 April 2005


Date Contributor Update
12 May 2019 11:26:56 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2018 00:29:32 JPA Changes to nickname

My father's nickname was Andy.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:10 AAM AAM ingest

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