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Robert Harold Berkshire

Military

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed at RAF sation Manston, Kent on 11-Mar-44 in P-47D 42-67748 and was injured. Returned to Duty (RTD). Crashed near Noyon on 27-Jun-44 in P-51 43-7167 Evaded (EVD).

Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 42-8434 "Miss Behave / Li'l Lo" "Desiree Y"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 387FS, 365FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) shot down 9-Apr-44 Lt Frederick A Yochim Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3623.

  • 43-7167

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-22515 'Missbehave' 'Brutal Lulu'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Salvaged 11-Mar-44 following crash-landing at RAF Manston with Lt Robert H Berkshire.

  • 43-6593 'Brutal Lulu'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF as war/weary trainer for transition from P-47's. Ended up on its nose in a landing accident 10-Apr-44 at Duxford bending both the starboard U/C and the outer wing panel. Stripped...

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

Events

Event Location Date
Born California, USA 16 April 1922
Lived in Tarzana, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1941
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 10 March 1942
Based Bodney 1944 – 4 July 1944

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Manston, Ramsgate CT12, UK 11 March 1944

Crash landed at RAF Manston, Kent on 11-Mar-44 in P-47D 42-67748 and was injured. Returned to Duty (RTD).

Crashed 10 April 1944

Take Off Accident Bodney/Sta 141 Cat 3 damage 1Lt Robert H Berkshire, 10-Apr-44.

P-51B7 43-6593 - 487FS 352FG 8AF.

Evaded (EVD) 60400 Noyon, France 27 June 1944

Crashed near Noyon on 27-Jun-44 in P-51 43-7167 Evaded (EVD).

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 4 July 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Died Dallas, TX, USA 14 March 1977
Buried Dallas, TX, USA 16 March 1977

Calvary Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 15:09:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 6250 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2016 17:52:01 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84975740_robert_h%20berkshire/details/
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Berkshire
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Berkshire%2C+Robe...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=138380682

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2016 17:50:08 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84975740_robert_h%20berkshire/details/
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Berkshire
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Berkshire%2C+Robe...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=138380682

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6250, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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