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Robert Lawrence Dykeman

Military

Robert Dykeman was Co-Pilot on B-17G #42-31968 'Miss Irish'. On return from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France on 19 March 1944, the ship made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room. Returned to Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15220.

On 29 July 1944, he baled out from B-17G #42-31537 and landed near Niedermöllern, about 2km NE of the crash location near Punschrau, Germany. Killed while prisoner of war by local policeman. Perpetrator sentenced to death and hanged at Landsberg on 10 June 1947. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 7809.

At NARA’s WWII POW records, he’s listed as “Robert DICKEMAN” – Died as a prisoner of War in Germany 30 July 1944 ( https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=466&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf... )
On the William T. Fitzroy page at https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=1648&... , Fitzroy states he saw 12 Americans hanged and shot by the Germans on 29 July 1944 after bailing out. Among them were Robert Dykeman, Ira Arnold and Floyd Douglas from his crew.

On page 48 of MACR 8212 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91049912, Dykeman is mentioned as shot on 30 July 1944 while trying to escape.

Service

People

  • Ira Arnold

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, Fance and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down by Flak on the...

  • Sterling Blakeman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. RTD. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15220.

  • Archie Bunting

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report -...

  • Frank Buschmeier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report -...

  • Floyd Douglas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier / Togglier / Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    3 December 1943 crashed on base in B-17#42-39791 "Fletcher's Castoria" with Pilot Martin Tashjian. Then 27 December 1943 accident after landing B-17#42-37772 "Flying Jenny" (also Tashjian crew) during formation flight training. All returned. Shot down...

  • Myron Ettus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report -...

  • William Fitzroy

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Was Pilot of B-17 #42-31537 on the 29 July 1944 mission to Merseburg, Germany. Shot down by Flak and crashed near Punschrau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Gibbons

    Military | Colonel | Pilot / Squadron Commander | 100th Bomb Group
    John Gibbons was Pilot of B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returning from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. RTD. Missing Air Crew...

  • Floyd Hartman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Floyd Hartman was Navigator on board B-17#42-39791 "Fletcher's Castoria" which crashed on take-off on a non-operational flight 3 December 1943, with Pilot Martin Tashjian. He and the 8 other men on board Returned To Duty (RTD). ...

  • Everett Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. RTD. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15220.

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Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31537 'Randie Lou' aka 'BUFFALO GAL'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Kearney 2/12/43; Presque Is 10/12/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-B] Rougham 23/12/43 FRIDAY THE 13TH; transferred 350BS/100BG [LN-S] Thorpe Abbotts 24/12/43; 349BS [XR- ]; ran out of gas on Ruhland mission 21 June 1944 with Lt...

  • 42-31968 Miss Irish

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/1/44; Savannah 21/1/44; Morrison 2/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-D] Thorpe Abbotts 3/2/44. Battle-damaged by Flak South of Calais, France on the 19 March 1944 mission to Mimoyecques, France. 19/3/44 with Pilot John P. Gibbons, Co...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 503

    29 July 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, United States 1 June 1921
Lived in Canoga Park, Los Angeles County, California February 1942
Enlisted 11 June 1942

Los Angeles, California

Bailed out 29 July 1944

of B-17#42-31537

captured 30 July 1944
Killed as a Prisoner of War 30 July 1944
Buried 30 July 1944

cemetery of Hassenhausen, Germany

Buried 1950

after the war, his remains were brought back to the US. Robert Dykeman rests at the Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar, Los Angeles County, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2021 16:58:44 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2020 08:30:57 ED-BB Changes to middlename, awards and events
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NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
Robert Dykeman’s 1949 Headstone Application -
https://www.fold3.com/title/926/headstone-applications-1925-1963

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2020 14:41:47 ED-BB Changes to biography
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NARA WWII POW records
Associated Media and chose key image

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2020 14:27:45 ED-BB Changes to nickname, service number, biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
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MACR 7809
MACR 8212
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2020 14:28:15 ED-BB Changes to biography
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Corrected typos and added details in Biography

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 09:52:15 Kauko56 Changes to highest rank
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Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 09:51:45 Kauko56 Changes to service number and highest rank
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MACR 7809

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 09:49:53 Kauko56 Changes to biography
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US trial papers, case no. 12-485

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Sup, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7809 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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