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Robert J Brockman


Staff Sergeant Robert J Brockman was a Ground Crew Chief for the 526th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group.

He had more than two aircraft assigned to his Maintenance Crews.
The first one was 42-37791 which he named: "Blues in the Night". This turned out to be a temporary assignment to this Ground Crew. The reason was that in December of 1943 this ship was reassigned to another Ground Crew in the same Squadron. Eventually, this ship went MIA on 07 May 1944 with the Lt Thomas M. Smith Crew on board. MACR#4558

In December of 1943 Aircraft 42-39783 arrived at Kimbolton from the 384th BG to replace S/Sgt Brockman's first "Blues in the Night". He immediately dubbed this ship "Blues in the Knight".

On 10 May 1945, Brockman was killed in a mid-air collision while on a sightseeing tour of damaged Europe.


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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37791 Blues in the Night

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/8/43; Scott 27/9/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 19/10/43; 1 BAD 23/10/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK- ] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; then 526BS/379BG [LF-S] Kimbolton 7/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 7/5/44 with Tom Smith, Co-pilot:...

  • 42-39783 "Blues in the Knight"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/8/43; Scott 17/9/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG Molesworth 19/10/43; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD- ] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; then transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-B] Kimbolton 11/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 with Merlin Wilson...

  • 44-8198

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    44-8198 was on a sightseeing trip to Germany two days after VE Day when it collided with 44-8813 over Braintree, Essex on 10 May 1945. ...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania, USA 23 December 1917
Enlisted Cleveland, OH, USA 23 June 1942
Died 10 May 1945

Plot: Sec: 12, Site: 8012


Date Contributor Update
29 April 2016 16:36:29 Lucy May Changes to service number, highest rank, biography and events

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Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 09:27:51 Lucy May Changes to highest rank, role, biography and place associations

Information sent through by Richard Lewis, webmaster of after detailed correspondence with the Brockman family.

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27 September 2014 18:23:34 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 206; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg  217 and 343 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia