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Robert William Metlen

Military

Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30372 'Shack Rabbit III', a B-17 borrowed from the 413th BS. The underground passed him from Belgium through France to Spain. He was back in England by 18 December 1943. Helped by the Belgian evasion network "Comete".

See his page at www.evasioncomete.org >>> Fiches.

Service

People

  • Jarvis Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. ...

  • Charles Carlson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in #42-30372 'Shack Rabbit III', a B-17 on loan from the 413th Squadron. EVADED. Charles Carlson evaded capture and was helped by the Belgian evasion network "Comete". Too severely wounded, he was kept hidden in various places...

  • Dennis Carlson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3538 'Ten Knights in a Bar Room'. Evaded. Served with the 332nd BS. Flying Ten Knights in a Bar Room from the 333rd as the crews regular aircraft was U/S.

  • Robert Grimes

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Served in the AF for 30 years. ...

  • George Janser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant George C. Janser was born January 26, 1920. His parents were John and Stefania Janser. He was from Terryville, Connecticut. ...

  • Theodore Kellers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30372 'Shack Rabbit III. ' Evaded (EVD) from Belgium with the help of the Comet evasion network. Handed over by Comet to another line, he was on his way to Spain via Tarbes, France, when he was arrested together...

  • William Koger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    B-17 #42-5057 crashed into Channel on 6 September 1943. Prisoner of War (POW). POW Escaped via The Comet Line, went through Spain.

  • James McElroy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in 42-30372 'Shack Rabbit III', a B-17 on loan from the 413th Squadron. Helped by the Belgian evasion network “Comete”, he was guided from Belgium through France and the Pyrenees mountains to Spain. Arrived in Gibraltar from...

  • Frederick McManus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 42-30372 'Shack Rabbit II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Jerome Nawracaj

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Jerome C. Nawracaj was born September 27, 1920. He was the son of Stanley and Sophie Nawracaj. He was from Manville, New Jersey. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30372 Shack Rabbit III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/5/43; Gore 25/5/43; Gr Isle 4/6/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-P] Snetterton 26/6/43; Missing in Action Duren 10/10/43 with Pilot Robert Z. Grimes; Co-pilot: Arthur C. Pickett; Bombardier: Charles V. Carlson;...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 104

    27 September 1943
    The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command SCRUBBED

    17 October 1943
    This mission was to be a major attack on the industrial areas of Duren, Germany but was abandoned when the leading formations of 3rd Bomb Division were unable to form-up over the North Sea. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 10KIA. The aircraft was not...

  • VIII Bomber Command SCRUBBED

    18 October 1943
    This was another attempt at launching at attack on the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. Both B-17 Groups and B-24 Groups were scheduled to participate, but the mission was recalled over the North Sea because of weather. One B-24 Failed to Return ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Townsend, Montana 6 August 1922
Enlisted Pocatello, Idaho, United States 22 October 1942
Died Ontario, Oregon, United States 30 October 2007
Lived in Pocatello, Idaho, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2020 21:24:13 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 22:08:54 ruthmcdUS Changes to media associations
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family of Robert W Metlen

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:59:31 ruthmcdUS Changes to person associations
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family

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:58:41 ruthmcdUS Changes to media associations
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family

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:51:41 ruthmcdUS Changes to media associations
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family.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:50:44 ruthmcdUS Changes to media associations
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family source.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:47:28 ruthmcdUS Changes to biography, person associations, mission associations and media associations
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National Archives records and personal write-up of Bob Metlen.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:35:45 ruthmcdUS Changes to person associations and unit associations
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Family records.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:33:13 ruthmcdUS Changes to awards
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National Archives records

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:32:19 ruthmcdUS Changes to nickname and awards
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National Archives records.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:30:45 ruthmcdUS Changes to biography and events
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Family.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:28:02 ruthmcdUS Changes to biography and person associations
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Family

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 12:25:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
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Merged with duplicate records to include information from :
Snetterton Falcons pg 76;
MACR 1017 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
MACR 1017 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 14:21:01 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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NARA WWII Enlistment records
MACR 1017
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 274

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:17 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1017, AFEES; Snetterton Falcons pg 60

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