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Robert George Claar

Military

Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Had sun glasses shot off his nose on 8-May-44 Berlin mission in B-17 42-97530, co-piloting for 1Lt Frederick H Ihlenburg. "Quittin' Time" and crew barely made it home over white cliffs of Dover to an RAF base, riddled with holes.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), EAME, WWII Victory.

Service

People

  • Frederick Ihlenburg

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD ...

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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. ...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31786 Jeanne Ricky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/12/43; Gt Falls 20/12/43; Kearney 1/1/44; Grenier 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-L] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Andy Drobysh, Co-pilot: Harry Gousha, Navigator: Clem Irons, Bombardier: Bob Hudson,...

  • 42-97530 "Quittin' Time"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/43; Kearney 28/12/43; Presque Is 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Gt Ashfield 25/1/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

Missions

  • 344

    8 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bedford, PA 22 April 1922

Son of the late Walter M and Rena Belle [Mickle] Claar.

Lived in Alum Bank, PA 1942
Enlisted Altoona, PA 17 September 1942

Altoona, Pennsylvania

Based Great Ashfield April 1944 – September 1944

Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Colonial Park, PA, USA 1 January 2008
Buried Hummelstown Cemetery Hummelstown, Dauphin County, PA 5 January 2008

Hummelstown Cemetery
Hummelstown,
Dauphin County, PA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2019 13:50:24 Al_Skiff Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/545487178
https://www.fold3.com/record/20286854-robert-g-claar
https://www.fold3.com/record/83794033-robert-g-claar
https://www.fold3.com/record/628755631-robert-claar-1922
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23740579/robert-george-claar

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2019 13:48:46 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/545487178
https://www.fold3.com/record/20286854-robert-g-claar
https://www.fold3.com/record/83794033-robert-g-claar
https://www.fold3.com/record/628755631-robert-claar-1922
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23740579/robert-george-claar

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2018 02:49:09 MRB Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Served with my grandfather.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2018 02:47:44 MRB Changes to service number
Sources

Served with my grandfather.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2018 02:39:36 MRB Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, role, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

He served with my grandfather.

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