Robert G Borst

Military
media-7409.jpeg UPL 7409 Crew #730
Adam Wunderlich Crew
466th BG - 787th BS
B-24E-20-FO #42-7193 "Alma-Mi-Amor" - 212 Combat Crew Training Squadron (stateside)

Standing Left to Right: Robert Borst (B), Adam Wunderlich (P), Russell Olson (CP), Milton Debkin (N)

Kneeling LEft to Right: Harry R. Thomas (TTG), Charles E. Thompson (FE), Frank C. Church (R/O), Ralph W. Fleming (BTG), William Mallory (TG), William C. Myers (NG)

Everyone on this crew except for Borst were KIA when their aircraft, B-24H-25-FO #42-95084 "Bird Dog" crashed shortly after takeoff on 13 July 1944. It was bad weather and the aircraft appears to be in a spin when it hit the ground 12 miles ESE or Rackheath. Borst was away at DR Navigation school.

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Object Number - UPL 7409 - Crew #730 Adam Wunderlich Crew 466th BG - 787th BS B-24E-20-FO #42-7193 "Alma-Mi-Amor" - 212 Combat Crew Training Squadron...

Shot down on 8/15/44 in B-24 'Ramblin Wreck' #41-28932. Crashed at Gelderingen, Evaded (EVD).

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Units served with

Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-817669
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-817869
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Ramblin Wreck
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120

Related media

  • Media Type: Video
  • Object Number: UPL 28097
  • Description: Bob Harrington describes his final mission, August 15, 1944, in a 2004 interview.
  • Media Type: Video
  • Object Number: UPL 28111
  • Description: Bob Harrington describes the attack on his substitute aircraft, "Ramblin' Wreck," on August 15, 1944, following a successful bombing attack on a...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Roanoke, Virginia, USA 1 November 1922

Died

Laurel, MD, USA 16 April 2014 Robert Borst, born November 1, 1922, longtime resident of Laurel, MD, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on April 16, 2014. Robert served as a navigator-bombardier in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII. He was shot down over Holland during his 13th mission on August 15, 1944. After saving the life of the nose gunner by releasing his hatch door and enabling the gunner to escape, Robert parachuted to enemy-controlled ground. Robert was assisted and kept safe by the Dutch Underground until he was liberated by a Canadian Unit on April 13, 1945. Robert was employed by American Instrument and later ElectroTherm, a division of Baxter Laboratories. He retired in June of 1988.

Other

Shot Down/Evaded

Gelderingen, Steenwijkerwold, Netherlands 15 August 1944
Greene, NY 13778, USA

Revisions

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Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

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MACR 8430

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Contributor466thHistorian
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"Second Air Division" - page 180

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466th BG Historian

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8430 / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000 MACR 8430 & SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, D790.A2S45, 1998, page 214 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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