Robert F Atkins

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media-26853.jpeg UPL 26853 Robert F. Atkins, Tail Gunner crew of the Gypsy Queen1944-45

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Object Number - UPL 26853 - Robert F. Atkins, Tail Gunner crew of the Gypsy Queen1944-45

Robert Atkins served as a tail gunner with the 733rd Bomb Squadron of the 453rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Old Buckenham, England.

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Units served with

Colonel Larry Thomas of the 453rd Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Col Larry Thomas 453BG.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

Allen H Bryson, Sol Greenberg and Albert J Gehrt of the 453rd Bomb Group in their underwear after a mission. Handwritten letter enclosed with print: '1 [left] Allen H Bryson- Pilot, 2 [right] Albert H Gehrt- Bombardier, 3 [center] Sol Greenberg- Navigator. Part of the crew of "The Gypsy Queen", 733rd Sqdn. 453rd Bomb Group at Old Buckenham. Taken in long johns, pistol and parachute harness after returning from a mission.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 733rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
Allen H Bryson, Sol Greenberg and Albert J Gehrt of the 453rd Bomb Group in their underwear after a mission. Handwritten letter enclosed with print: '1 [left] Allen H Bryson- Pilot, 2 [right] Albert H Gehrt- Bombardier, 3 [center] Sol Greenberg- Navigator. Part of the crew of "The Gypsy Queen", 733rd Sqdn. 453rd Bomb Group at Old Buckenham. Taken in long johns, pistol and parachute harness after returning from a mission.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 733rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
Allen H Bryson, Sol Greenberg and Albert J Gehrt of the 453rd Bomb Group in their underwear after a mission. Handwritten letter enclosed with print: '1 [left] Allen H Bryson- Pilot, 2 [right] Albert H Gehrt- Bombardier, 3 [center] Sol Greenberg- Navigator. Part of the crew of "The Gypsy Queen", 733rd Sqdn. 453rd Bomb Group at Old Buckenham. Taken in long johns, pistol and parachute harness after returning from a mission.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 733rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 733rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Nose Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 733rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Gypsy Queen
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 453rd Bomb Group 578th Bomb Squadron 733rd Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 15 March 1945
  • Date: 12 March 1945
  • Date: 10 March 1945

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History of "Gypsy Queen" - credit Bob Collis

42-109896 Gypsy Queen
B-24J-115-CO 42-109896
Arrived in the UK 6 March 1944
Originally assigned 392 BG Wendling
Assigned to 733 BS 453 BG date unknown
Nose art/name was "Gypsy Queen" (note sp)and code-letters applied were F8-N+
This B-24 reportedly flew over 100 missions, but I suspect these were accrued with both the 392nd and 453rd Groups.
Assigned to 44 BG at Shipdham May 1945. No missions were flown with this Group.
Reported RZI (Returned to Zone of the Interior, i.e. the USA) 31 May 1945
With thanks to the 453rd Bomb Group (H) Memorial Association

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Liberator Men of Old Buc

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