Robert Lyndel Zedeker

Military

Object Number - UPL 22638

Robert Zedeker was Co-Pilot on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD).
Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet' Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

Personnel of the 458th Bomb Group gather around a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-29303) nicknamed "Liberty Lib" in order to transfer a casualty into a waiting ambulance. Image via Harry Holmes. Written on slide casing: '458th BG.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37223225
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36721017
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39277261
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-810990
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39604346 at enlistment, then O-682501
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

The shark mouth nose of a B-24 Liberator nicknamed "Flak Magnet" of the 458th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '458th B.G.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Flak Magnet
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 22 April 1944

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

18 April 1916 Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio, United States

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

22 April 1944 Captured in Ostenfelde, Germany. Interned at Stalag Luft 3 in Sagan/Zagan, Poland. Force-marched from there to Stalag 7A in Moosburg, Germany. Liberated there 29 April 1945 by US troops. NARA WWII POW record : “Returned to Military Control 22 June 1945.”

Died

10 May 2007 Ohio
Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio

Buried

Robert Zedeker rests at the Glen Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio

Revisions

Date13 Apr 2020 12:42:56
ContributorED-BB
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NARA POW record : added date of end of internment

Date13 Apr 2020 12:30:36
ContributorED-BB
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MACR 4180
WWII Draft card
WWII POW records
Downed Allied Aircraft Kampfflugzeug Unterlagen (KU) Reports KU 1487 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/139542878
VA Gravesite locator

Date12 Apr 2020 14:13:26
ContributorED-BB
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MACR 4180

Date4 Apr 2020 01:56:46
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date25 Oct 2017 11:38:30
ContributorLucy May
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Brought in sources from duplicate record:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4180, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces & Page 283 of the book LIBERATORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010, D790G4582010 &

href="http://www.458bg.com/crew33spaven.htm">http://www.458bg.com/crew33spaven.htm>

http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=26850

Date10 Jul 2016 17:09:38
Contributorrzedeker
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Rob Zedeker

Date10 Jul 2016 16:53:51
Contributorrzedeker
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Rob Zedeker

Date10 Jul 2016 16:51:03
Contributorrzedeker
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Rob Zedeker

Date10 Jul 2016 16:49:14
Contributorrzedeker
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Rob Zedeker. Grandson.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:23:50
ContributorAAM
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MACR 4180 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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