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Robert F Wills


Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier uly 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-5813 'Jackie Ellen. '



Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29653

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/43; Salina 11/2/43; Morrison 28/2/43; Secret mission 19/5/43; Assigned 96BG Dow Fd 4/6/43; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX- ] Alconbury 19/7/43; 525BS/379BG [FR-D] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Dick...

  • 42-5813

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 25/2/43; Cheyenne 1/3/43; Sioux City 18/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 306BG 22/4/43 JACKIE ELLEN; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-S/Z] Kimbolton 2/5/43; battle damaged Kassel 30/7/43 with Bill Breiner, Co-pilot: Dick...


Event Location Date
Born Waynesboro, Georgia, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 14 October 1943


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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 956 / MACR 956, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 213, 336; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 283 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database