Robert Norgaard FlorineMilitary
July 9 1944 flew courier run, a series of daily flights to Nomandy to carry messages, important data, etc
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|14 March 1923
|24 December 1944
|Lt's Purdy and Florine were mapping near Nurnburg (Nuremburg) when Bob Florine spotted a jet and called a warning to Ira Purdy. The Me-262 attacked Purdy from behind before he could evade. Shells ripped into his left engine and propeller and all along the trailing edge of the wing between the booms. Unarmed but determined to come to the aid of his friend, Florine turned his F-5 into the jet and attacked until he drove the German away from Purdy's crippled aircraft. Having successfully drove the jet off, Florine flew cover as Purdy limped home. Purdy was able to make a crash landing at Denain/Prouvy, escaping before flames consumed the wreckage.
|Sioux City, IA
|8 September 1993
|Lt. Col. Robert N. Florine, 70, of Sutherland died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1993, at a Sioux City hospital following a lingering illness. Services were Saturday September 11 at 10:30am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland with the Rev. Harry McAlpine officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery in Sutherland with military graveside rites conducted by American Legion post #152 of Sutherland. Mr. Florine was born March 14, 1923, in Cherokee, the son of Knute and Christin (Norgaard) Florine. He graduated from Larrabee High School in 1940. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corp in 1941 and served as a pilot during World War II. He married Frances Powell Sept 5, 1945, in Sutherland. Following his discharge from the service he worked for the Illinois Central Railroad for a short time. He then attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. He was engaged in farming in Cherokee county until 1964, when he moved to a farm near Sutherland, where he farmed until his partial retirement in 1983. He worked for Lundell Manufacturing and Wilson Food Corp. in Cherokee and Eaton Corp in Spencer. The couple moved into Sutherland Aug 18, 1993. Mr. Florine was a member of the American Legion Post at Sutherland, US Air Corp Retired Officers Association and the 8th Air Force Pilot Group.
|11 September 1993
|Calvary Cemetery Sutherland, O'Brien County, Iowa, USA Add to Map Plot Block A, Lot 119
7th PRG Combat Tour
|Mount Farm Airfield, uK
|Flew over 40 combat missions
Corrected location of Mt. Farm
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