Robert W Nelson

Military
media-5455.jpeg UPL 5455

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Object Number - UPL 5455

Assigned to 93TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. completed 4 x combat missions, 500+ combat hrs. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Bastogne, towing 2 Waco gliders, A/C hit by flak in fuel tanks, broke formation and released gliders, allowing crew to bale. Baled out but chute failed to open killed on impact. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11319.



Awards: PH.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 439th Troop Carrier Group 93rd Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16059643 / O-737621
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: C-47 Skytrain
  • Unit: 439th Troop Carrier Group 93rd Troop Carrier Squadron

Places

Aerial photograph of Upottery airfield looking west, the main runway runs vertically, barrack sites are to the bottom right of the airfield, 15 March 1944. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/CT/91/541. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Smeatharpe

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

East Orange, New Jersey, USA 22 July 1922 Son of William Nelson.

Enlisted

1800 Truemper Rd, Lackland AFB, TX 78236, USA 17 November 1942 San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center Texas

Other

Paratroop mission D-day

Normandy, France 6 June 1944 Op Albany D-day paradrop 6-Jun-44.

Other

Glider tow

Eindhoven, Netherlands 17 September 1944 Op Market Garden Glider tow to Eindhoven. 17-Sep-44.

Other

Glider tow

Eindhoven, Netherlands 18 September 1944 Op Market Garden Glider tow to Eindhoven. 18-Sep-44.

Other

Glider tow

Bastogne, Belgium 26 December 1944 Glider tow mission to Bastogne. 26-Dec-44.

Died

Sibret, 6640 Vaux-sur-Sûre, Belgium 27 December 1944 Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Bastogne, towing 2 Waco gliders, A/C hit by flak in fuel tanks, broke formation and released gliders, allowing crew to bale. Baled out but chute failed to open killed on impact. KIA. MACR 11319.

Buried/ Commemorated

Sibret, 6640 Vaux-sur-Sûre, Belgium 28 December 1944 Interred Sibret

Based

Upottery 27 December 1944 Assigned to 93TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF.

Buried/ Commemorated

28 Hoover Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 07003, USA Re-Interred Glendale Cemetery Bloomfield Essex County New Jersey, USA

Buried/ Commemorated

Re-Interred Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

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