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Robert Josire Blackwell

Military

Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #4128650 'Rooster. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Service

Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 732nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28650 'Rooster'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brunswick, A/C left formation short of IP due to attack by Bf109 in which pilot was killed by 20mm cannon shell. A/C abandoned by crew 8-Apr-44. 1 x KIA, 11 x POW. MACR 3929.

  • 42-52299 "Hard T' Get"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Seriously damaged on the 6-Mar-44 mission to Berlin-Genshagen - ran off runway on return. Lost 1-Aug-44 mission to Montereau, France. Went down in the English Channel on return after the crew bailed out and...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 246

    3 March 1944
    A combined force of 748 heavy bombers are despatched to bomb the primary targets of Berlin, Erkner and Oranienburg, Germany, but weather and dense contrails forced most of the formations to turn back or seek Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 1st Combat...

  • 8th Air Force FO 261 BOMBER ESCORT

    5 March 1944
    A combined force of 307 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking German airfields in France. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There are so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

  • 8th Air Force 257

    13 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France are the targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch aircraft but the weather is so terrible that most could not bomb a target. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 259

    15 March 1944
    The industrial areas of the secondary target of Brunswick, Germany. A combined force of 344 heavy bombers from 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Marletta, Georgia, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 8 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2018 11:14:55 Joe's Son Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, awards and mission associations
Sources

Interview with my dad and existing records.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3929 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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