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Robert R Hesser

Military

Assigned to 599BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pointoise R/R bridge mission. Hit by flak near Dreux, with the pilot wounded, took over control and attempted to nurse A/C back to lines. Lost control around 2000 ft when remaining damaged engine cut out, crash landed in orchard near Dreux. Broke both legs and suffered fractured skull, evacuated to hospital by enemy. Died en route. Killed in Action (KIA). 9-Aug-44. MACR 7788.

Awards: AM (6OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Jerome Gross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 397th Bomb Group
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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-96289 'Stubborn Helen'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 599BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pointoise R/R bridge mission. Hit by flak near Dreux, wounding the pilot, taking out starboard engine and damaging the port engine. Losing altitude, left behind by formation, co-pilot...

Associated Place

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Born St Paul, MN, USA 21 July 1920

Son of Albert L and Carrie Reed.

Lived in Washington, DC, USA 1941
Enlisted Minneapolis, MN, USA 1942
Based Rivenhall 1944 – 9 August 1944

Assigned to 599BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died 28100 Dreux, France 9 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Pointoise R/R bridge mission. Hit by flak near Dreux, fatally wounded in resulting crash landing near Dreux Killed in Action (KIA). 9-Aug-44. MACR 7788

Buried 68 La Taulaie, 27220 Champigny-la-Futelaye, France 5 February 1945

Re-Interred
Plot C, Row 7, Grave 127
St Andre American military cemetery.

Buried Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2018 13:03:25 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56351329/robert-r-hesser

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