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Ira William Robinson

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

Service

People

  • Ora Castrup

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-32030 Devil's Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/1/44; Gr Island 4/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 11/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Ora Castrup, Co-pilot: Joe DeRidder, Navigator: Harvey Dellward, Bombardier: Chester Pluta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Missions

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Milwaukee, WI, USA 12 June 1916
Enlisted Milwaukee, WI, USA 4 October 1940
Killed in Action (KIA) Schleissheim, Oberschleißheim, Germany 31 July 1944

KIA when his aircraft took a direct flak hit and exploded. There was only one survivor

Buried 1945

Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial • Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Plot Plot D, Row 14, Grave 52

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2018 04:42:23 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-ROB06-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56360583
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1149317

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7744 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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