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Robert W Suckow

Military

15 missions - 8 as wing positions, then Command Pilot, squadron & group lead Operations Officer.

Assigned to the 445th Bomb Group at Tibenham, Bob served as Pilot, Command Pilot, and Squadron Operations Officer and Personnel Officer. Seven combat missions were flown as Command Pilot responsible for getting several squadrons assembled after take-off, flight to the target, the bomb run, and return flight to base. Squadron Operations Officer duties included aircraft scheduling for missions and continuous training of aircrews.
Bob’s most memorable mission came on February 2, 1945, a low level mission to Halberstadt, Germany, to attack rolling stock supplying Hitler’s war machine during the Battle of the Bulge. Fluent in German, Bob was utilized by the British Broadcasting Company in London to beam propaganda over Germany to advise them it was not our intent to kill or injure civilians in the bombing raids but to end the war as soon as possible.

Air Medal w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Plymouth, Wisconsin 26 June 1919
Enlisted Milwaukee, Wisconsin 25 April 1941
Died Newton, Iowa 18 July 2009
Lived in Newton, IA 50208, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2019 00:21:40 466thHistorian Changes to service number and place associations
Sources

https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/54775551/person/2734954...

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2019 00:19:56 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/54775551/person/2734954...

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2018 12:06:37 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.

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 / self & Page 420 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45)

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