Charles Joseph Armbruster Jr

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media-36530.jpeg UPL 36530 Report of Aircraft Accident March 1, 1945 Robert Bobby Keenan

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Object Number - UPL 36530 - Report of Aircraft Accident March 1, 1945

Killed in Action (KIA) in mid-air collision in Belgian airspace in 'Mr. Lucky' B-17 A/C #42-38035. Collided with another 385th BG A/C #43-38273.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-680190
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39420918
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34930439
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18198731
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36827855
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Mr. Lucky
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Died

near Slijpe, Belgium 1 March 1945 in the crash of B-17 Serial 42-38035

Revisions

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Contributorjmoore43
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Updated Rank per attached media report (UPL 36530).

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Contributorjmoore43
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Corrected the S/N per MACR 16036.

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Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

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ContributorED-BB
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Corrected last name and Serial numbers of the A/C in Biography...

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ContributorAlanHarris
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In the 385th Bomb Group database, Charles J Armbruster was the pilot of Mr Lucky (42-38035) on the mission to Ulm on 1945-03-01. Note the different spelling of Armbruster and Armbuster .

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Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 533, History of the 385th BG pp.61-2 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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