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Robert J Scales

Military

Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Injured in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44, rescued by two farm workers, Jim Lapthorne and his son, Jim Jr Returned to Duty (RTD).

Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Ivar Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. In B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' fatally crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH, EAME (2 Battle stars), American Campaign, Good conduct.

  • Robert Ketcham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. In B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' fatally crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Delmar Lindner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Injured in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Returned to Duty (RTD). Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leo Reinartz

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. In B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' fatally crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Howard Rohman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Injured in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Returned to Duty (RTD). Awards: AM, PH (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Spangenberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Injured in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Returned to Duty (RTD). Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Claude Thornton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. In B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' fatally crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • George Whetstone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Injured in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Returned to Duty (RTD). Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97184 'Lady Godiva'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG [K] Knettishall 11/3/44; with Bob Scales, Co-pilot: Frank Spangenberg, Navigator: Delmar E Linder, Bombardier: Howard Rohman, Waist gunner: George W Whetstone (5RTD,...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 4 April 1920
Based Knettishall 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Survived crash landing Ermington, Ivybridge PL21, UK 26 August 1944

Injured in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44, rescued by two farm workers, Jim Lapthorne and his son, Jim Jr Returned to Duty (RTD).

Died Boynton Beach, FL, USA 20 March 2009
Buried 10941 Southern Blvd, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411, USA April 2009

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery
Royal Palm Beach,
Palm Beach County, FL

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2018 18:48:01 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/93193569-robert-j-scales
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37461672/robert-j-scales

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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