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Robert G Fenstermacher


Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher, of Scranton, was a P-47D pilot who crashed in Belgium in December 1944 during an armed-reconnaissance mission against targets in Germany. He was 23.
Fenstermacher was declared Killed in Action but his remains could not immediately be recovered after the crash. Following the war, the U.S. Army interviewed a local Belgian woman who said an aircraft crashed into the side of her house, but the crash site couldn’t be located. In 2012 a group of local historians with NGO History Flight excavated a private yard in Petergensfeld, Belgium, recovering human remains that were identified as Fenstermacher’s.


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Associated Place

  • Winkton

    Military site : airfield
    Prepared as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, the land was released for grazing before it was again selected for aircraft use, and improved for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. Used briefly by the 404th Fighter Group, it was then abandoned,...

  • Juvincourt

    Military site : airfield

  • Chipelle

    Military site : airfield

  • St Trond

    Military site : airfield

  • Bretigny

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Scranton, Pennsylvania 12 December 1921
Died near Petergensfeld, Belgium 26 December 1944
Buried Arlington National Cemetery 18 October 2013

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia, USA


Date Contributor Update
07 February 2021 16:17:38 ktm Changes to biography

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Date Contributor Update
22 April 2019 23:39:58 466thHistorian Changes to place associations

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22 April 2019 23:36:23 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations