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Robert O Scheible

Military

1LT Robert O. Scheible was assigned as Bombardier with 1LT James M. McDonald's crew with B-17F 41-5360 "Old Faithful", 303BG/358BS on 8-Jan-43. He participated in 7 Operations - 3 Aborts on several different aircraft. (See Biography events).

Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down 16-February 1943 in B-17F 41-24541 'Spook' while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft was attacked by ME-109s when it descended to assist another aircraft. Went down in the Channel off Brest Peninsula. The target was St. Nazaire. 4 crew members survived to become Prisoner of War (POW)s.

POW

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24539 Jersey Bounce

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-K] Kellogg Fd 15/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; CCRC Bovingdon 27/7/43; 384BG Grafton Underwood 22/9/43; Salvaged NBD 31/5/45. JERSEY BOUNCE.

  • 41-24541 Spook

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24541 "Spook" was assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Kellogg Fd 14-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Sep-42;The aircraft participated in 12 Operations - 4 Aborted (See Biography events) ...

  • 41-24558 Hunga Dunga

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-25-BO 41-24558 [VK:F] "Hunga Dunga" was assigned to the 358BS/303BG [VK-F] at Bangor. Maine on 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth, UK on 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action Vegasack 18-Mar-43 when it was attacked by enemy aircraft near Helgoland. Germany...

  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...

  • 42-5360 Old Faithful, War Bride

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/11/42; New Castle 13/12/42; Assigned 358BS/303BG Molesworth [VK-N] 8/1/43; Missing in Action [35m] Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Harry Schwaebe, Co-pilot: Harry Dumse, Navigator: Paul Degnan, Bombardier: Wilburn Wiley, Flight engineer...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

  • VIII Bomber Command 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

  • VIII Bomber Command 32

    2 February 1943
    All six 8th Air Force Bomb Groups operting from Great Britain are ordered on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are despatched but the formation runs into severe weather over the North Sea and the mission in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

  • VIII Bomber Command 34

    14 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are once again slated at the primary target for this mission. A force of 74 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (17); 305BG (17); 306BG (20), but weather once again forces the mission to be recalled before...

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ohio
Assigned to Aircraft Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 8 January 1943

Assigned as Bombardier on B-17 42-5360 "Old Faithful", 303BG/358BS on 8-Jan-43 at Molesworth, UK/

Mission #1 1LT Robert A. Scheible w/B-17F 41-24577, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-24577 "Hell's Angels", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the Fives Company Locomotive works at Lille, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #2 1LT Robert A. Scheible w/B-17F 42-5360, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-5360 "Old Faithful", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the port area of Lorient, France (RTB OK)

Mission #3 1LT Robert A. Scheible w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Wilhelmshaven, Germany 27 January 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the naval base at Wilhelmshaven, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the mission. (RTB OK).

Mission #4 1LT Robert A. Scheible w/B-17F 42-5360, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-5360 "Old Faithful", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the mission.

Mission #5 1LT Robert A. Scheible w/B-17F 42-5360, 303BG/358BS Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-5360 "Old Faithful", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany (RTB OK).

Mission #6 1LT Robert A. Scheible w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 14 February 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Hamm, Germany but weather forced a recall of the entire 303BG despatch. (RTB OK)

Prisoner of War (POW) English Channel 16 February 1943 – 8 June 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 8-Jun-45

Mission #6 1LT Robert A. Scheible w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS POW Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, Fracne. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters but he was able to bale out and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 20:11:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 16-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 20:07:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 14-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 20:02:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 4-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 19:59:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 2-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 19:55:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 27-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 19:51:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 19:47:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 13-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 19:41:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Operation Participation to Description; Made connections ot Aircraft and Mission; Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website Mission Reports and James M. McDonald crew page, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missions.html

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2015 18:34:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2015 . Corrected SN per MACR 15476; Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII database; Made connections to Place and Mission and added decorations within existing website data; Added crew position and minor edits to Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15476 / MACR 15476, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 77, NARA web site, Might in Flight Daily Diary of Hell's Angels by Harry Gobrect pp. 137-8 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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