Robert Douglas Hobert

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 13759 - Captain Robert D. Hobert in front of his P-47 Thunderbolt "Blue Goofis". Nose artwork by S/Sgt Don Allen.

Robert Hobert was from Woodland, Washington. He was assigned to the 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF and transferred to the 336th fighter squadron, 4th Fighter Group, in May 1943 staying until April 1944.

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant 5-43
Designated Flight Commander C Flight 1-2-44
Promoted to Captain 28-2-44
Designated Flight Commander B Flight 1-3-44
Designated Flight Commander A Flight 25-3-44
Designated Squadron Assistant 30-3-44

Robert was on a strafing mission to Stendal Aerodrome on 5 April 1944 led by Squadron Commander James Goodson. This highly successful mission destroyed approximately 25 German aircraft. Hobert destroyed three Ju-88s, but reported his P-51 Mustang was hit by flak. Goodson did not observe much damage, but Hobert was forced to ditched in the North Sea on return about 30 miles off the Suffolk coast due to a leak in the coolant system. Although he was rescued by a Walrus of No. 277 Squadron RAF, he died of exposure about midnight in a British coastal hospital.
Robert Hobert had five victories to his credit.

Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (4 OLC), PH, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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Units served with

Aircraft

A P-47 Thunderbolt of the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, taxiis past a hangar at Debden. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'VF-I taxiies by hangar. KP.'
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Blue Woofis
  • Unit: 406th Fighter Group 4th Fighter Group 336th Fighter Squadron 513th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 48th Fighter Group 4th Fighter Group 336th Fighter Squadron 492nd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 336th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

Places

Line up of P-47 Thunderbolts of the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, at Duxford air base. September 1944. Printed caption on reverse of print: '55432 AC - War Birds Home To Rest - Republic P-47 Thunderbolts lined up on an 8th Air Force field in England after a daylight sweep over Germany. Crews have finished inspections and refueling.'
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: "Duckpond"

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

26 July 1921

Died

Hospital Grove, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK 6 April 1944 Picked up by ASR the evening of the 5th, but succumbed to the effects of exposure at 01:30 in Martlesham Hospital on the 6th.

Other

Ditched

English Channel 5 April 2044 Aircraft struck in coolant system, forcing him to ditch in the Channel on the way back to Debden.
Woodland, WA 98674, USA

Buried

Park Hill Cemetery Vancouver, Clark County, WA Re-Interred Park Hill Cemetery, Vancouver, Clark County, Washington

Based

Biggin Hill Assigned to 133 Sqn RAF.

Based

Debden Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date27 Jul 2016 15:01:44
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
- http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/pilots.html

Date13 Mar 2015 15:47:52
Contributorapollo11
Sources

Personal research & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:23:31
ContributorAAM
Sources

Combat Chronology/losses of the 8th & 9th page 28 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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