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
Units served with
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...
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...
||26 June 1919
||25 April 1941
||18 July 2009
||Newton, IA 50208, USA