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Robert Lee Ager

Military

Joined Sqd 3-Aug-42. ETO/Flight Echelon 2-Oct-42. WIA 6-Dec-42 (Abbeyville). DS/Tunis 16-Sep-43. Trans/Group HQ.

Failed to Return (FTR) as an Observer to Agathe d' Aliermont V1 site mission in B-24J 42-99970 'Liberty Belle' 21-Jan-44; A/C took a direct hit in bomb bay. Baled out of A/C over French coast. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 8174

Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Keith Cookus

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Pilot on Agathe d' Aliermont V1 site mission in B-24J 42-99970 'Liberty Belle' 21-Jan-44; RTD. MACR 8174. ...

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-99970 'Liberty Belle'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak on mission to V-1 sites at Agathe d' Aliermont, France on 21-Jan-44. Flak hit in bomb bay, nose turret, ball turret, starboard wing and taking out #1 & 2 engines leaving #3 on fire. 3 x crew baled out over...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

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...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lancaster County, NE 24 July 1921

Son of Lee Harold and Bess E [Badgett] Ager.

Lived in Seattle, WA 1942
Enlisted Seattle, WA 10 January 1942
Based Shipdham 8 March 1942 – November 1943

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Shipdham November 1943 – 21 January 1944

Transferred to HQ, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Vicinity Boulogne 21 January 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Agathe d' Aliermont V1 site mission in B-24J 42-99970 'Liberty Belle' 21-Jan-44; A/C took a direct hit in bomb bay. Baled out of A/C over French coast. POW. MACR 8174

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 21 January 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died Kent, WA 31 December 1995
Buried Kane Cemetery, Bainbridge Island, WA January 1996

Kane Cemetery
Bainbridge,
Kitsap County, WA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2019 11:02:51 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28698055
https://www.fold3.com/image/28611152
https://www.fold3.com/image/28698191
https://www.fold3.com/record/67970497-robert-l-ager
https://www.fold3.com/record/84969505-robert-l-ager
https://www.fold3.com/image/249124146?rec=249124301
We Were Eagles Volume Two: The Eighth Air Force at War December 1943 to May 1944 By Martin W. Bowman
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=466&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/52994953/robert-lee-ager

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd, 8th AF Losses, MACR 8714

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