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Robert L Gudgel


Nov 13 1943 on mission to Bremen in B17#42-30213 'Lil One', developed problems with no. 4 propeller and strong vibration. Ordered to bail out, ac crashed at Norfolk.
Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #423555 'Tiger Girl. ' Prisoner of War (POW).


Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron
  • 562nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30213 Lil' One

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 9/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 1/6/43; crashed on take off for Bremen after encountering mechanical problems 13/11/43 with Bob Simons, Co-pilot: Alvin...

  • 42-3555 Tiger Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/7/43; Grand Island 10/8/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Pilot: 1st Lt George Branham, Co-pilot: Capt Jerome Davidson, Bombardier: Ernie Shero, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Boone, IA 50036, USA
Returned to Duty (RTD) 13 November 1943
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 26 November 1943


Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 15:18:22 Lucy May Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Brought in information from two duplicate records. Sources:
MACR 3116 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database /
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3116

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

Losses of 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 371-2 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia