Robert Frank Petroski

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 39703 - Bob Petroski crew. Alexandria Air Base, October 1943. Front row left to right: Robert "Bob" F. Petroski, Galon E. Williams, William E. Buchanan,...

Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC 42-97084. Normally flew as a head pilot, but flew as co-pilot with the Sam Peak crew on 22 June.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-683811
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14181940
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group fly in formation. B-17s (GD-H, serial number 42-97064) and (GD-K, serial number 42-97076) nicknamed "Dee Marie" are visible in the foreground. Image via George J Letzer. Printed caption on reverse: 'Boeing B-17G-40-BO.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Spare Charlie
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Detroit, Michigan 31 May 1921

Enlisted

Detroit, Michigan 25 May 1942

Died

Killed in Action (KIA)

Abbeville, France 22 June 1944 Shot down in B-17 "Spare Charlie". The plane crashed in Les Marais d'Épagnette, outside of Abbeville.

Buried

Mareuil-Caubert, France 26 June 1944 Between 24 and 26 June, Lt. Petroski's body was recovered by French citizens. He was buried in grave 304 as unknown next to his crew members in Mareuil-Caubert.

Buried

St. André de l'Eure, France 7 July 1945 Buried in Plot H, Row 1, Grave 17 in the temporary St. André de l'Eure cemetery. Lt. Petroski was buried next to crew member Frank Welke.

Buried

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 19 April 1949 Plot A, Row 15, Grave 42

Revisions

Date21 Jun 2020 20:46:14
Contributorcamillemnoel
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Update to dates

Date19 Jun 2020 21:53:59
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Update to dates

Date15 Aug 2019 21:38:06
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Update on connections

Date15 Aug 2019 20:35:05
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More information on name and awards

Date27 Sep 2014 18:23:26
ContributorAAM
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, MACR 5918, www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5918 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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