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Robert Newton Andrews

Military

Andrews was shot down on a mission to Hamburg on 25 June 1943 when his B-17 #42-30107 "Black Magic" was attacked by enemy aircraft. Andrews bailed out of the crashing aircraft after his Navigator. He was taken Prisoner of War on landing.

Andrews was liberated by European forces from Stalag 7A Moosburg in 1945.

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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30107 Black Magic

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/4/43; Pendleton 12/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 20/6/43; Missing in Action Wangerooge Is 25/6/43 with Weldon Homes, Co-pilot: Bill Griffith, Navigator: Leo Gladin, Bombardier: Bob...

  • 42-37805 'Carol Dawn'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/9/43; Gr Island 23/9/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-R] Kimbolton 2/12/43; to 527BG [FO-B]; retUS Bradley 12/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Warren, Illinois, USA 15 November 1923
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 25 June 1943 – 1945

Stalag 7A Moosburg

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2019 23:27:55 jbandrews Changes to awards and media associations
Sources

Son James B, Andrews

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2018 10:10:40 Emily Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and mission associations
Sources

Missing Air Crew Report via Fold 3

POW record

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1366 / MACR 1366; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 267 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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