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Robert E Shepard

Military

On the return from operations over France, P-38J 42-67432 ran off the end of the runway while landing at Boreham due to poor weather conditions on 18 Mar 1944. RTD.

Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Bresegardt on 21 May 44 in P-38 42-67713 on his 34 mission over Germany. His right leg was amputated below the knee, but after the war he pitched for the Washington Nationals Baseball Team and managed teams for a great many years. He was reunited with the German doctor who saved his life in 1944. the doctor had held the German soldiers off at gunpoint to keep them from killing Shepard

Service

People

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Units served with

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

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Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dana, Indiana 28 June 1920
Crashed - returned 18 March 1944
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 21 May 1944 – 21 February 1945
Died 16 June 2008

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2019 14:21:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 14:53:11 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, firstname and nickname
Sources

Updated personal, biographical details and media by courtesy of Gary Bedingfield at http://www.baseballinwartime.com/player_biographies/shepard_bert.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4975 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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