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Robert G Stamos

Military

On 4 October 1943, B-24 #42-72873 "Raggedy Ann II" was attacked head on by enemy fighters. Badly damaged, the plane begin to spin down and when Stamos gave the order to bail out, Navigator John A. Must and Bombardier Donald G. Campbell jumped out and drowned in the North Sea.

Stamos and his Co-Pilot Howard W. Metts later regained control of the plane and managed to fly it back to England. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 5149.

Lt Stamos crash landed at RAF Lympne, Kent on return from target Furth, Germany on 25 February 1944 in B-24H #41-29231 'Impatient Virgin'. RTD.

On 27 March 1944, he was piloting B-24J #42-100107 and its right landing gear collapsed on landing on the return from a mission to Mont-de-Marsan, France.

Lt Robert Stamos was flying co-pilot for Lt. John D. Money on B-24 #42-7522 'Southern Comfort II" when it was shot down 11 April 1944. Lt Stamos was Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Herman Autry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Crash landed at RAF Lympne, Kent on return from target Furth, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-24H #41-29231 'Impatient Virgin'. RTD.

  • Donald Campbell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-24 piloted by Robert Stamos was attacked by fighters. Navigator Must and Campbell bailed out. AM, PH

  • Andrew Kowalski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Hit by flak on mission to V-1 sites at Agathe d' Aliermont, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24J #42-99970 'Liberty Belle'. A/c returned to England but crashed upon landing at Wingham, Kent. ...

  • Howard Metts

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 4 October 1943, B-24D Serial #42-72873 of 44th Bomb Group, 67th Bomb Squadron was flying a Diversion over the North Sea, feigning attacks toward Wilhelmshaven and Emden. The purpose was to draw German fighters from the B-17 formations on their big...

  • Calvin Millerbis

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    RTD

  • William Morris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #427544. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Must

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-24 piloted by Robert Stamos was attacked by fighters. Must and Bombardier Campbell bailed out. PH

  • James Oblack

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    James Oblack served as a Ball Turret Gunner in the 44th Bomb Group / 67th Bomb Squadron. On his first mission, 4 October 1943 with Pilot Robert G. Stamos, their B-24 #42-72873 "Raggedy Ann II" was attacked head on by enemy fighters. Badly damaged, the...

  • Edward Wojcik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    RTD 4 October 1943. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-24 #42-7544. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brigham City, Utah, United States
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 11 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2015 15:31:44 ED-BB Changes to biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5149

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3848 / MACR 3848, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop & Hey p. 508, WWII Memorial / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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