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Robert Peter Koehler Sr.

Military

Robert Koehler served in the US Army Air Corps from December 1943 until September 1945. He was trained to fly multi-engine aircraft and assigned to the 730 Squadron of the 452nd Bomb Group (H) based in Doupham Green, England from which he flew 35 missions in B-17G aircraft. He subsequently was assigned as an instrument pilot instructor on multi-engine aircraft in the US.

Service

Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102622 Borrowed Time

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 1/5/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Edward Armm 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44. Borrowed Time: The ball turret gunner on this plane, John F....

  • 42-107036 Big Noise II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Dow Fd 15/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 3/5/44; transferred 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 6/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 21/6/44 with John Sorensen, Co-pilot: Albt Weibel, Navigator: Curtis Patterson, Bombardier: Jerome Morse,...

  • 42-32087 Old Glory

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/1/44; Gr Island 17/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-M] Deopham Green 13/3/44; Missing in Action Gdynia 6/8/44 with Louis Graber, Co-pilot: Morris Freed, Navigator: Fran Maloney, Bombardier: Nick Milcic, Flight...

  • 42-97206 Woolf Pack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Gr Island 25/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 16/3/44; damaged in taxi collision with 42-107225 at Hardwick Afd 7/6/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Gaston Efird, Co-pilot: Bruce Merickle,...

  • 42-97306 Lady Janet

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 22/4/44; no ops, transferred 729BS/452BG Deopham Green 23/4/44; battle damaged at Poltava 21/4/44; repaired Russia; Salvaged 17/8/45. LADY JANET. (Only ship to...

  • 43-37726

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/5/44; Hunter 26/5/44; Grenier 6/6/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 7/6/44; battle damaged Darmstadt, Ger 24/12/44 with ?; force landed Moelsbroek A/fd, Bel; Salvaged 2/1/45.

  • 44-6165 Lady Gay

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 19/5/44; Kearney 30/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 11/6/44; on return from Chemnitz 6/2/45 with Don Hamaker, Co-pilot: Tony Hudson, Navigator: Dave Freeman, togg-T/Sgt Dan Winters, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 44-8306

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 5/8/44; Dallas 10/8/44; Grenier 6/9/44; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-H] Framlingham 9/9/44; battle damaged Cheb, Czechoslovakia 14/2/45 with ?; crash landed base when wheel collapsed on return. Salvaged 9AF Germany 21/6/46.

  • 42-39970 E-Rat-Icator

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Only B-17 to arrive with 452nd BG in England and return to the US serving the entire tour of the group. 120 recorded bombing missions and 138 recorded take-offs. Survived the war. Was originally the aircraft of the Jack Mitsch Crew. ...

  • 42-97206 Woolf Pack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Woolf Pack was named for one of its first pilot's, Willard Woolf. It recorded 63 operational bombing missions, 22 of which were flown by 1st Lt. Robert P. Koehler as co-pilot. Woolf Pack crash landed in Belgium on Sept. 25, 1944 with 'Gus' Efrid's...

Missions

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

  • 382

    31 May 1944
    Bombed the marshaling yards. Heavy flak but no hits.

  • 385

    2 June 1944

  • 389

    4 June 1944
    Mission #6. Eligible for the Air Medal.

  • 392

    5 June 1944

  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 398

    7 June 1944

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 421

    18 June 1944

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Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bound Brook, NJ, USA 13 March 1917

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 23:20:37 Pete Changes to biography
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In memory of a great dad.

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 23:19:24 Pete Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
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In memory of Bob Koehler, a great dad.

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