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Robert Frank Petroski


Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC 42-97084. Normally flew as a head pilot, but flew as co-pilot with the Sam Peak crew on 22 June.



  • William Buchanan

    Military | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Petroski, R. Crew

  • Robert Dirham

    Military | 381st Bomb Group

  • James Farina

    Military | 381st Bomb Group

  • Lee Gibson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Petroski crew. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. Died of annoxia on B17 42-37754 'Who Dat Ding Bat'. 20-Dec-43. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Robert Glancy

    Military | 381st Bomb Group

  • James Henry

    Military | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    December 1943 - September 1944

  • John Lundberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC #4297084. First mission as head navigator. Navigator in John Houston crew

  • John Mikulik

    Military | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    October 1943 - July 1944

  • Allen Osterberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC #4297084 Bombardier in Samuel Peak crew

  • Samuel Peak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in B-17 42-97084 "Spare Charlie"

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Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97084 Spare Charlie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/1/44; Gr Island 20/2/44; Presque Is 28/2/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-H] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action Tingry-Abbeville 22/6/44 with Sam Peak, Co-pilot: Bob Petroski, Navigator: John Lundberg, Bombardier: Allen Osterberg,...


Event Location Date
Born Detroit, Michigan 31 May 1921
Enlisted Detroit, Michigan 25 May 1942
Died Abbeville, France 22 June 1944

Shot down in B-17 "Spare Charlie". The plane crashed in Les Marais d'Épagnette, outside of Abbeville.

Buried Mareuil-Caubert, France 26 June 1944

Between 24 and 26 June, Lt. Petroski's body was recovered by French citizens. He was buried in grave 304 as unknown next to his crew members in Mareuil-Caubert.

Buried St. André de l'Eure, France 7 July 1945

Buried in Plot H, Row 1, Grave 17 in the temporary St. André de l'Eure cemetery. Lt. Petroski was buried next to crew member Frank Welke.

Buried Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 19 April 1949

Plot A, Row 15, Grave 42


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381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, MACR 5918, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5918 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database