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Robert Atkins

Military

Robert Atkins was Radio Operator on B-17 #42-39941 'Lucky Lady', shot down over Southern Belgium on 12 May 1944. Evaded.

AM/ ETO w/ 3 battle stars

Service

People

  • George Brush

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    George Brush was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-39941 'Lucky Lady', shot down on 12 May 1944 over Southern Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Bruce Clago

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Bruce Clago was Bombardier on B-17 #42-39941 'Lucky Lady', shot down 12 May 1944 over Southern Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Leon Davies

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-39941 'Lucky Lady', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Laule

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Richard Laule was Navigator on B-17 #42-39941 'Lucky Lady', shot down 12 May 1944 over Southern Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lloyd Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Lloyd Martin was Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17 #42-39941 'Lucky Lady', shot down 12 May 1944 over Southern Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Vernon Moody

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Vernon Moody was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-39941 'Lucky Lady', shot down 12 May 1944 over Southern Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ralph Munn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Ralph Munn was ball Turret Gunner on B-17 #42-39941 'Lucky Lady', shot down 12 May 1944 over Southern Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard Noble

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Lt Richard Noble was Pilot of B-17 #42-39941 'Lucky Lady', shot down 12 May 1944 over Southern Belgium. ...

  • Daniel Viafore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Daniel Viafore was Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-39941 'Lucky Lady', shot down over Southern Belgium on 12 May 1944. Evaded with the help of the Belgian COMET evasion organization. See http://www.evasioncomete.org/fviafordg.html

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Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 731st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39941 Lucky Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 14/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D-G] Deopham Green 11/2/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Richard F. Noble (evaded capture but was killed in August in attempt to get to Allied lines); Co-pilot: Daniel G....

Missions

  • 353

    12 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dallas, Texas 26 January 1923
Lived in Astoria, Queens, New York, United States 1942
Enlisted New York City, New York, United States 4 February 1943
Evaded Belgium 12 May 1944 – 9 September 1944

Landed in parachute near Sprimont (Liège), Belgium. With bruised eye, mouth and lips, he was immediately helped by Belgian citizens. He was hidden in different safe houses in the vicinity of Liège, Belgium, until the liberation of the area by US tropps on 9 September 1944. Dick Atkins was back in England on 13 September 1944.

Died Huntington Station, New York, United States 27 January 2008

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 14:23:53 ED-BB Changes to biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4819
NARA WWII Enlistment records
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 2059

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 4819

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