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T/Sgt Robert G Kaster, Radio Operator, 701st Bomb Squadron, 445th Bomb Group. Robert arrived at Tibenham on 11/30/43 on B-24 42-7515 "Green Gremlin". The crew's first mission occurred on 12/16/43 to the shipyards of Bremen, Germany. It was only the 445th Bomb Groups second combat mission, and T/Sgt Kaster's aircraft operated as the command ship leading the entire 445th Bomb Group. Major William Jones, acting as Command Pilot for the group, joined the Green Gremlin on the mission. On 01/30/1944 T/Sgt Kaster was transferred to B-24 42-7565 "Turd Bird" for his 7th mission, a raid on Luftwaffe plants in Brunswick, Germany. The aircraft experienced apparent engine issues the entire flight from leaving the coast of England until about 15 miles north of Osnabruk, where the aircraft left the formation and began the return trip to Tibenham. The last radio contact picked up by stations in England was received when the aircraft was 75 miles from the English Coast and 35 miles off occupied Holland. The aircraft was never heard from or seen again. His younger brother Richard H Kaster landed on Guadalcanal as a forward artillery observer attached to D Battery/ 2nd Battalion/ 11th Regiment of the 1st Marine Division, and was wounded three times fighting across the South Pacific.

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    445th Bomb Group

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    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

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