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Robert L DeGroff Jr

Military

Killed in Action (KIA). B-17F #42-29747 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi II'. Mid-air collision during assembly.

Service

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29747 Rikki Tikki Tavi II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 13/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 12/7/43; collision with #42-31441 (303BG),...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Maplewood, New Jersey
Died 5 January 1944
Buried Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2020 17:10:24 hooahman336 Changes to service number, awards and mission associations
Sources

Ancestry & mil docs

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

8th AF Losses; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 291 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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