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Robert S Rowland


Bob Rowland flew 35 missions in 1944 with the 398th BG from Nuthampstead.

air medal

In 2017, Bob was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur.



  • Robert Blacker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    35 missions June 1944 to November 1944 DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Alfred Boehme

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions in 1944 with the 398th BG from Nuthampstead.

  • Norbert Greene

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group
    air medal

  • Stephen Horvath

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Wounded in action 7 July 1944 on Leipzig mission Purple Heart (11 July 1944); air medal 23 Aug 1944

  • Raymond Jendrzejewski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Robert Knowles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    35 missions. DFC/ AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO/ GC/ WW II VM/ ATO

  • Philip Sorensen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group

  • Jack Withrow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • James Yip

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Completed 35 combat missions from 27 June to 17 October 1944. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DUC/ EAME

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Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102511

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/44; Gr Island 27/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-P] Nuthampstead 27/4/44; (24m) Missing in Action Lechfeld 19/7/44 with Dallas Hawkins, Co-pilot: Earl Hart, Navigator: Joe Doglio, Bombardier: John Loomis, Flight...

  • 42-102543

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Grenier 19/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-B] Nuthampstead 20/4/44; flew with 457BG Glatton on 29/6/44; (54m) Missing in Action Munster 28/10/44 with John Farmer, Navigator: Bob Chorba, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-102593

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-G] Nuthampstead 3/5/44; out on mission 13/1/45 with J.T. Shafer, AOC 15/1/45; re-ass from 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton 26/2/45; RAF Valley 2/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 7...

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


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Date Contributor Update
08 June 2019 11:50:04 RayWells Changes to person associations

updated crew associations

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2017 14:30:30 Lucy May Changes to biography and awards

Correspondence with 8th Air Force Historical Society.

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2015 20:41:38 Buck Changes to nickname, service number, awards, person associations and aircraft associations

From the 398th BG Maxwell AFB microfilm. The 602nd Squadron's Boehme Crew Mission List. Pilot Boehme, A.H., Co-Pilot Blacker, R.M., Bombardier Horvath, S.G., Navigator Yip, J.S., Engineer / TT G Greene, N., Radio OP / Gunner Knowles, R.L., BT Gunner Rowland R.S., Waist Gunner Sorensen, P.G., & Jendrzejewski, R.S. Tail Gunner Withrow, J.B. Flew 35/36 missions using 19, B-17 Gs
First mission flown on June 27, 1944, last mission flown on October 17, 1944.

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2015 14:22:03 PhillWray Changes to role, biography and place associations

Associations and information added from personal correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:10 AAM AAM ingest

398th History, Vol 1 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia