Robert Frank Scharff

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 39704 - Sam Peak crew. Photo taken spring 1944 at Alexandria Air Base in Alexandria, Louisiana. Front Row L to R: Samuel L. Peak, Victor R. Romasco, Thomas...

Samuel Peak Crew

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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-676081
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-741356
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-398074
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-801198
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot/Co-Pilot

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

Bronx, New York, USA 1921-12-10

Died

Killed in Action (KIA)

Abbeville, France 1944-06-22 Shot down in B-17 "Spare Charlie". The plane crashed in Les Marais d'Épagnette, outside of Abbeville.

Buried

Woodlawn Cemetery, New York 1948-05-13 Permanently buried.

Enlisted

New York City, New York 1942-09-29

Buried

Blosville, France 1947-03-23 After his remains were found, Sgt. Scharff was buried in Plot T, Row 8, Grave 150 in the Blosville temporary cemetery.

Other

Épagnette, France 1947-01-23 Sgt. Scharff's remains were found in "Spare Charlie"'s ball turret after the tail of the plane was pulled out of Les Marais d'Épagnette (the marsh of Épagnette). Following his discovery, Sgt. Scharff's remains were positively identified from his identification tags.

Revisions

Date21 Jun 2020 20:32:16
Contributorcamillemnoel
Sources

Update to dates

Date19 Jun 2020 21:32:24
Contributorcamillemnoel
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Update to name, awards, dates

Date27 Sep 2014 18:23:26
ContributorAAM
Sources

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 / www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx

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