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Robert P Casillas

Military

Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37978. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

Service

Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37978 "Ka-Lang"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/11/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 5/1/44; Missing in Action Stettin 13/5/44 with Chas Bailey, Co-pilot: Curtis Thomas, Navigator: Thaddeus Borek, Bombardier: Calvin Faragher, Flight engineer/top turret...

Missions

  • 355

    13 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Interned (INT) Sweden 13 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2018 15:21:03 Emily Changes to biography and place associations
Sources

Information provided by Thomas P Casillas, Nephew

Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Diary

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4873 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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