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Extract from Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for Second Lieutenant Robert C Ayrest of the 448th Bomb Group researched by historian Bill Beigel. The file contains copies of primary documents that discuss the return of personal effects, circumstances and causes of death, and memorialisation of the fallen airman.

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  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...


  • Robert Ayrest

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    2nd Lt. Robert C. Ayrest was born on April 21, 1921. His hometown was Inglewood, California. His wife was Mary L. Ayrest, two sons Robert Claud and Howard Donald, and a brother Alan. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity at UCLA. ...


Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 10:25:20 Emily Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) researched and donated by Bill Beigel: