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Robert Mercer Courtaway

Military

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Returned to Duty (RTD)

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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  • William Hart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Returned to Duty (RTD) Awards: 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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-7647

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Returned from Bremen mission 13-Nov-43; Returning from the raid, Lt William H Hart, circled the field and then crashed in some trees near the base. 7 x RTD, 1 x WIA, 2 x KIA. No MACR.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Akron, OH 14 June 1920

Son of Fred T and Lucille Courtaway.

Lived in Normandy, St Louis, MO 1941
Based Shipdham 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Enlisted Cleveland, Ohio 1 April 1943
Crash off base 1 mile E of Shipdham, UK 13 November 1943

Survived crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Returned to Duty (RTD)

Discharged USAAF 13 May 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Clearwater, FL 6 April 1994

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2019 19:59:12 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/618617014
https://www.fold3.com/image/210884489?rec=210884537
https://www.fold3.com/record/66763823-robert-m-courtaway
https://www.fold3.com/record/628799810-robert-courtaway-1920
http://www.greenharbor.com/ROHPDF/ROHN43.pdf
https://ogsfl.org/cstm_floridaObituary.php?page=49&nr=200&scl=lna

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 371

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