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Enlisted in the Army Air Corps in Ironwood, MI on 27 Aug 1942 at the age of 19 before the start of his 2nd year at Michigan Tech University where he studied engineering on a football scholarship. Called for duty as an aviation cadet to Midland, TX on 10 Feb 1943. Received his wings with Class 43-12 of Bombardiers on 26 Aug 1943 and arrived in England on 1 Jan 1944. Bombardier on B-24J #42-100374 ("Suitch's Bitch"). Shot down by fighters after bombing the mission target at Gotha on 24 FEB 1944 as part of the 445th receiving the Presidential Unit Citation. Became POW # 3155 at Stalag Luft 1 (Barth, Germany) in the South Compound, Barracks 1, Room 10 until liberation.

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

  • 700th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Peterson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Bob loved God, family and his country. He grew up during the depression and began working at age 8 or 9. He lettered in 4 varsity sports in high school (Football, Basketball, Tennis and Track) and went to Michigan Tech on a football scholarship in...

Aircraft

  • 42-100374 Suitch's Bitch

    B-24 Liberator
    In mid-December, 1943, Lt. Suitch received orders to proceed to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take possession of a newly-built B-24 Liberator bomber. The bomber assigned to Lt. Suitch's crew was built at the Consolidated plant in San Diego, California, as part...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2021 15:45:36 bombardier_daughter Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Nancy Wilson (daughter); 248-496-4498 or work email: nwilson@catalystpharma.com or personal email: nancywilson74@gmail.com

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