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Robert R Johnston


Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107020. Prisoner of War (POW).


Here's a letter from Mr. A. A. Johnston, Bobbie's father to my mother, Elizabeth McQuoid Brethauer, dated August 30 1945, in response to her inquiry about her brother SSgt William James McQuoid, Jr. who served w/Bobbie. "Dear Mrs. Brethauer: I am taking the liberty of answering your letter addressed to my son Bobbie, who is at this time, in a rest camp in Georgia. There isn't very much to tell. When the plane left formation, after being hit, they headed for Switzerland, when about six miles from the border, they were hit by another shell, which broke the plane in two. Bobbie lost consciousness. When he came to, he was a German prisoner. He doesn't recall opening the parachute, all he recalls was the explosion. Bill was alright until the second shell hit the plane, was fighting and was at his post until hit the second time. Bobbie said you should be very proud of him. No one from the plane was saved outside of Bobbie. If there is anything further you want to know, please write. If possible, I will be glad to answer any of your questions. Very Sincerely A. A. Johnson. Newark, N.J.



  • William McQuoid

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107020, Killed in Action (KIA). PH ...

Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107020 Flak Happy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Grenier 7/3/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 11/3/44; transferred 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 12/3/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Edwin Wright, Co-pilot: Capt George Hughes, Navigator: Wray Hylton,...


Event Location Date
Born Irvington, New Jersey, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 12 May 1944


Date Contributor Update
19 April 2020 19:47:34 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 17:34:39 ElaineBalsley Changes to biography

Served with SSgt William James McQuoid Jr. A letter is in my possession from Bobbie's (Junior) father, A. A. Johnston. See McQuoid's page for more details. Elaine Balsley

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 17:21:48 ElaineBalsley Changes to nickname

On the back of a photograph. Served w/SSgt William James McQuoid, Jr. See his page.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 17:09:16 ElaineBalsley Changes to biography

From Aircraft 42-107020 See William James McQuoid, Jr. page

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4773 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database