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Robert L Davis


Killed in Action (KIA) at Nuthampstead while trying to land in heavy fog returning from a mission over Merseberg, Germany. Buried at the American Cemetery near Cambridge. His regular pilot was Lt. V A Hansard.

Lt. Davis had previously been shot down over Mannheim on September 9, 1944, while flying as a substitute co-pilot with Lt. James M. Johnson. That crew had crash landed in France and made their way back to Nuthampstead to resume flying.



  • Vell Hansard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    V.A. Hansard was Killed in Action (KIA) when returning from a mission to Merseburg, Germany in B-17 42-107214 on 25 November 1944. ...

  • James Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Flew 36 missions out of Nuthampstead between July and December 1944. Shot down September 9th in B-17 43-37509 over Mannheim and crash landed in France. The crew made their way to Paris and then returned to Nuthampstead to resume flying. Johnson’s...

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Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107214

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 21/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-V] Nuthampstead 5/5/44; crashed in bad weather on return from Merseburg 25/11/44 with Vic Hansard, Bill Baker, Bob Davis (3 Killed in Action); Bill Lakes, Bill Esterley,...


  • 723

    25 November 1944

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Born California, USA 1922

Parents: Lee Van Davis and Ruth Davis.

Lived in Danville, IL, USA 1930

Father's occupation listed as 'wholesale buyer' in lumber (1930 census)

Lived in Hartford, MI 49057, USA 1940

Father's occupation listed as 'co-owner' of saw mill
(1940 census)

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 5 November 1942

Civilian occupation listed as 'Semiskilled occupations in building of aircraft, n.e.c.' in enlistment record.

Based Nuthampstead 24 November 1944
Died Nuthampstead, Royston, Hertfordshire SG8, UK 25 November 1944

Plot D Row 1 Grave 52


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 10:02:06 Lucy May Changes to service number and events

Enlistment record:

Nativity confirmed as California from sources in this Ancestry tree:

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21 April 2015 09:49:34 Lucy May Changes to events

One of these two enlistment records is his:

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21 April 2015 09:41:12 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

ABMC record:

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20 April 2015 18:45:55 jimjohnson22 Changes to media associations

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20 April 2015 15:51:48 jimjohnson22 Changes to role

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20 April 2015 15:49:51 jimjohnson22 Changes to biography

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20 April 2015 03:35:18 jimjohnson22 Changes to biography and events

398th Bomb Group web site (

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27 September 2014 18:23:42 AAM AAM ingest

398th History, Vol II / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia