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Robert E Peterson


Waist Gunner in the Farrington B-24 Crew; Frequently Lead Crew. Flew 23 combat missions in cluding the Battle of the Bulge. Aboard the B-24 'Black Cat' when the plane became the last American B-24 shot down over Europe. Nine crew Killed in Action (KIA), 2 captured.

PH, AM 3Oak Leaf Cluster, 2 Battle Stars, Good Conduct, Sharpshooter's Medal



  • Richard Farrington

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Regensburg in B-24 'Black Cat' #4295592

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-95592 Black Cat

    B-24 Liberator
    On 21 April 1945 B-24 Liberator "Black Cat" became the last heavy bomber to be shot down in the European Theatre of Operations. ...

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Regensburg

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born Avon, Illinois, USA 1916
Lived in Knox County, IL, USA 1942
Enlisted Peoria, IL, USA 19 March 1942
Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Plot J Row 36 Grave 38
Lorraine American Cemetery
St. Avold, France

Killed in Action (KIA) Scharmassing, 93083 Obertraubling, Germany 21 April 1945


Date Contributor Update
05 January 2017 14:09:10 466thHistorian Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 23:37:19 466thHistorian Changes to awards, events, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:20 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 14182 / Page 378 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45) / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database