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Robert P Bender

Military

B-17 #4230286 'Spook IV' ditched in Channel on 28 June 1943. Returned to base. Earlier on May 17, 1943, landed with 2 engines out in ac B-17 42-29704 'Spook'. Crew escaped uninjured

Service

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29704 SPOOK

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; Rapid City 20/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-J] Alconbury 29/3/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; 2m, battle damaged L’Orient, crash landed RAF Exeter 17/5/43 with R.P. Bender. 10RTD.; Salvaged 18/5/43. SPOOK.

  • 42-30286 SPOOK IV

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/5/43; Gore 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-M] Horham 15/6/43; 2m, Missing in Action St Nazaire 28/6/43 with Bob Bender, Co-pilot: Don Merten, Navigator: Jacob Baer, Bombardier:...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2020 16:28:26 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Added a connection to A/C SPOOK iV.

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 20:26:02 simaguire Changes to nickname
Sources

B17s Over Berlin, personal stories from the 95th Bomb group
Edited by Ian L. Hawkins

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 / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 126

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