Robert Edwin Frith

Military

Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237902 'Sure Thing;, where he was manning the left waist gun. He suffered the same fate as the rest of his fellow crewmen, becoming a Prisoner of War (POW). However, he would safely make it home at the end of the war.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-693472
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38305407
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hell's Bells/Sure Stuff
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA 29 August 1920

Other

Shot down

Barnewitz, Germany 18 April 1944 Shot down over a mission to Oranienburg, Germany, while on B-17 42-37902, while serving as the waist gunner on the left side. Would later become a POW.

Other

Prisoner Of War

Dulag Luft XII, Poland 18 April 1944 Spent time as a POW at Dulag Luft XII.

Buried

Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA 5 January 2004

Died

Winona, Minnesota, USA 31 December 2004

Enlisted

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Based

Framlingham Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF.

Revisions

Date18 Nov 2021 00:55:06
ContributorCastleBren
Sources

390th Bomb Group records

Date27 Sep 2014 18:23:14
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4013 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database