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Robert W Sheets

Military

Major Sheets joined the 427th Squadron in October, 1943, as a 2nd Lt. Because of his flying ability he soon became outstanding and it wasn't long before he was leading the squadron and then the group formations on missions. When Lt. Col. Edgar E. Snyder was relieved of his command of the squadron to become deputy group commander in November, 1944, Captain Sheets took over, receiving his promotion to major shortly thereafter. He has done a superior job in keeping the squadron's excellent record intact.
After attending the University of Oregon, Major Sheets worked in the Philippine Islands for some time. He entered the services as a private in the armed forces and later transferred to the Air Corps as an aviation cadet. He graduated and received his pilot's wings in April, 1943.

Service

People

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    Military | Captain | Pilot/Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Donald C Aageson served as a pilot with the 303rd Bomb Group. He flew 29 missions. ...

  • R Bridge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Walter Cronkite

    Civilian | War Correspondent United Press | 303rd Bomb Group
    War Correspondent with United Press, Cronkite was the most famous of the eight reporters sent to the European Theatre to fly with the Eighth Air Force who made up The Writing 69th. On 26 February 1943 he flew with the 303rd Bomb Group from Molesworth...

  • James Donnelly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Gervais

    Military | Sergeant | Photographic | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Lon Jackman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39764 'Santa Anna'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Earl King

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Was a member of Sheets Crew for 22 missions and also flew 7 other missions with different pilots Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters/DFC/EAME Ribbon

  • Charles Kopriva

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Mulberry

    Military | Sergeant | Photographic | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

  • 44-8137

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 18/6/44; Langley 23/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-Z] Molesworth 26/8/44; Missing in Action Aschaffenburg 21/1/45 with Dick Duffield, Dick Cambron, Gene Shipp, Tom Wilson, Ray Levine, Don Christ, Phil Hensel, John...

Missions

  • 605

    5 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 17 November 1918
Buried 2000

Willamette National Cemetery

Died 21 December 2000

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2019 11:57:47 general ira snapsorter Changes to highest rank, role and biography
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Information taken from the 303rd Bomb Group Unit History.

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2019 23:07:45 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added birth, death & burial info per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL #36367500.

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2019 11:16:56 Dr Daniel Changes to person associations
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People linked to this individual added, see the official 303rd website for details: http://www.303rdbg.com/427sheets.html

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2019 11:04:58 Dr Daniel Changes to aircraft associations
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Aircraft added, see 303rd official website for details: http://www.303rdbg.com/427sheets.html

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2017 11:17:09 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
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Key image ID.

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2017 10:57:47 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Key image ID.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.303rdbg.com/427sheets.html

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