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Robert Heichel as an Aviation Cadet ( photo courtesy of the Heichel family - )



  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 852nd Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Heichel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Robert Heichel attended the Windber High School during four years (his description in the Class of 1942 Yearbook : “He hath a stern look, but a merry heart.”) Before his enlistment in the Air Corps in 1942, he helped to build B-24 Liberators at the...


  • 42-51195 Belle Ringer

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 # 42-51195 "Belle Ringer" is listed as having been first in the 493rd Bomb Group at Debach. Transferred to the 491st Bomb Group / 852nd Bomb Squadron, it was hit by Flak on the way to the target, the Gütersloh marshalling yards in Germany on 14...


  • 886

    14 March 1945
    "1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover" ...


Date Contributor Update
30 January 2016 14:57:25 ED-BB Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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