Robert A Coltrane

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

1LT Robert A. Coltrane was assigned as a Bombardier with 1LT Charles N. Austin's crew with the 92BG (aircraft assignment has not been determined). He arrived with the crew aborad a B-17 aircraft at Bovington, UK on 18-Aug-42. On 11-Jan-43 his aircraft, crew and the entire Group was moved to the station at Alconbury, UK. On 10-Feb-43 the crew was transferred to 303BG/358BS as a replacement crew and assigned to B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga". He participated in 9 Operations - 2 Aborted with 303BG. (See Biography events)

18-Mar-43 Shot down in B-17F 41-24558 [VK:F] 'Hunga Dunga', 303BG/358BS while serving as Bombardier. Target was submarine constructions yards at Vegesack, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hunga Dunga
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Hunting Club
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

South Carolina 1920-04-20

Buried

Geestemünde, Bremerhaven, Germany 1943-03-19 Buried by the Germans in the Cemetery of Wesermunde-Geestermunde, Germany. Exact loction in cemetery not determined.

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

Jade Bight, Germany 1943-03-18 Killed when aircraft was shot down by flak and German fighters and crashed on the sand flats of Jadebusen (Jade Bight) south of Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Other

Arrived at Station

Bovington, Dorset, UK 1942-08-18 - 1943-01-11 Arrived with Austin crew 92BG at Bovington, UK.

Other

Transferred with Group

Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1943-01-11 Transferred with aircraft, crew and Group to the station at Alconbury, UK

Other

Transferred

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1943-02-10 Transferred with the Austin crew to 303BG/358BS and assigned to B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga".

Other

Mission #1 1LT Robert A. Coltrane w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS - Aborted

Hamm, Germany 1943-02-14 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas NW of Hamm, Germany, but weather forced the recall of all the 303BG aircraft despatched.

Other

Mission #2 1LT Robert A. Coltrane w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 1943-02-16 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France (RTB OK).

Other

Mission #3 1LT Robert A. Coltrane w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS - Aborted

Wilhelmshaven, Germany 1943-02-26 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany but he had a faulty oxygen mask and developed altitude sickness and the Pilot was forced to abort the mission (RTB OK)

Other

Mission #4 1LT Robert A. Coltrane w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS

Brest, France 1943-02-27 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Brest, France (RTB OK).

Other

Mission #5 1LT Robert A. Coltrane w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS

Rotterdam, Netherlands 1943-03-04 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rotterdam, Holland (RTB OK).

Other

Mission #6 1LT Robert A. Coltrane w/B-17F 42-5432, 303BG/358BS

Lorient, France 1943-03-06 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 425432 "The Hunting Club", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the power station and adjacent bridge at Lorient, France (RTB OK).

Other

Mission #7 1LT Robert A. Coltrane w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS

Rennes, France 1943-03-08 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France (RTB OK)

Other

Mission #8 1LT Robert A. Coltrane w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS

Amiens, France 1943-03-13 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Ameins/Longeau, France (RTB OK).

Other

Mission #9 1LT Robert A. Coltrane w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS KIA

Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 1943-03-18 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the submarine construction yards at Vegesack/Bremen, Germany. The aircraftr was shot down by fighters and flak. He was Killed in Action (KIA)

Revisions

Date11 Oct 2019 03:11:39
Contributorjmoore43
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Added birth date per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 43836612 .

Date19 Aug 2015 23:16:05
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 18-Mar-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date19 Aug 2015 23:12:47
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 13-Mar-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date19 Aug 2015 23:10:06
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 8-Mar-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date19 Aug 2015 23:07:36
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 6-Mar-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf

Date19 Aug 2015 23:03:20
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 4Mar-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/019.pdf

Date19 Aug 2015 23:00:35
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 27-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/018.pdf

Date19 Aug 2015 22:57:45
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303Bg website Mission Report of 26-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf

Date19 Aug 2015 22:53:26
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303Bg website Mission Report of 16-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date19 Aug 2015 22:51:06
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303Bg website Mission Report of 14-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf

Date19 Aug 2015 22:46:23
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Added Arrived at Station event and Transferred with Group based on 92BG Station assignments "USAAF Combat Chronology", Jack McKillop;

Date19 Aug 2015 22:38:53
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Maded connections to Places based on BG assigned stations; Made Connections to ALL 303

Date19 Aug 2015 22:34:33
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Aug-2015. Added 92BG details and assigment to 303BG based on 92BG station records, "USAAF Combat Chronology", Jack Mc Killop.

Date4 Aug 2015 17:41:45
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 4-Aug-2015. Added Decoration and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) database; Made connection to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited Summary Biography with A/C model letter, Radio Call Letters, Unit association and crew position, per MACR 15149. Added Burial event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:22:56
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey, p. 91, 303rd web site