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Robert S English

Military

Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24452 while serving as Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA). Primary target was the German air depot at Romilly Sur Seine, France. Shot down by Mayer (18 kills) IIIJG 2 near Rouen, France.

Service

People

  • Sparling Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Bombardier. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Brunn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24452. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Allen Haynes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Wounded, he later died of his wounds (DOW) in a Paris hospital on 4-Jan-43.

  • Vincent Jacoby

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Mendel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Charles Mendel grew up in Indiana and worked as a teacher before the war. ...

  • Raymond Slominski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24452 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Steve Stefula

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Tail Gunner. He was severely wounded in the fighter attack but managed to bale out and was captured. He was taken to a German hospital in Paris, France where he died of his wounds (DOW) on 17...

  • Ralph Tomek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Tyler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Radio Operator. Prisoner of War (POW).

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24452

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24452 was assigned to 91BG/401BS at Bangor 29-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42. Despatched on 20-Dec-42 to bomb the German air depot at Romilly, France. Enemy aircraft KO’d tailplane and the aircraft crashed near Rouen, France. 3KIA 7POW MACR...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Crockett, Texas 3 April 1905
Killed in Action (KIA) Rouen, France 20 December 1942

Killed when the aircraft was attacked by German fighters and crashed near Rouen, France

Commemorated Colleville-sur-Mer, France 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Normandy American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 18:01:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Dec-2014. Added crew position to biography.

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 17:57:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Dec-2014. Corrected mission connection.

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 17:36:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to awards
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Dec-2014. Added decorations per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 17:34:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Dec-2014. Added target information to description per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman; added detail to KIA event based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connection to 91BG base location and mission connection.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16243 / MACR 16243, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Hey and Bishop p.54 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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