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Robert N Jensen

Military

On 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-66724, 55FG/338FS 2LT Jensen was despached with his FG to provide escort to B-17 bombers attacking Bremen, Germany. On the penetration his aircraft lost an engine and he had to leave the formation.

Shortly thereafter his aircraft was attacked by German fighters and shot down at Hahlenmeer Moor, Quackenbruck, Germany. He baled out and was in hospital for 2 months for burns to face and neck and shrapnel wounds to leg and arm and then sent to the POW camp at Barth, Germany.

Service

Units served with

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 338th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-66724 Miss Margaret

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-1-LO 42-66724 was assigned to 55FG/338 FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the airfcraft, piloted by 2LT Robert N. Jensen, was despatched with others of the 55FG to provide escort to B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. On the penetration his...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-180 BOMBER ESCORT

    13 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to escort the B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 4KIA 3POW. 2 are Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR)...

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...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) 13 November 1943 – 31 May 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 1, Barth-Vogelsang, Prussia. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 31-May-45

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2017 13:09:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to place associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 1269 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 21:50:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jul-2015. Added decoration and POW event per National Archives Records Adminstration (NARA) WWII POW database. Made connections to Place. Aircraft and Mission per MACR 1269. Added Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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 1270, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p.369 with picture / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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