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Robert L Kaufman


Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin'.



  • Warren Antoine

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived a ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin', qualifying for "Flying Goldfish Award" for the ditching. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Rudolph Buczak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin'. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Burkholder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber Co-pilot / Fighter pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions in B-17's. Detached for Special duties with 1st Scouting Force. 47 x combat missions in P-47's. Transferred to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of the British 'GOLDFISH CLUB' for having ditched...

  • Bernard Plaut

    Military | First Lieutenant | Lead Navigator | 457th Bomb Group

  • Caldwell Sanford

    Military | 457th Bomb Group

  • Clarence Schuchmann

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edwin Sinclair

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 457th Bomb Group

  • Henry Smuzynski

    Military | 457th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 750th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38063 'G I Virgin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/12/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Assigned 749BS/457BG [S] Glatton 26/1/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Bob Kaufman, Co-pilot: Bob Burkholder, Navigator: Bernard Plaut, Bombardier: D.J. Letzia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 43-37765 'Donna J II' 'The Duchess'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/44; Kearney 1/6/44; Grenier 18/6/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-K] Snetterton 18/6/44 DONNA J II; transferred 750BS/457BG [B] Glatton 19/6/44; 8 ERS Halesworth 24/3/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45. THE DUCHESS.


  • 403

    10 June 1944

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 94

    24 June 1944

  • 142

    25 June 1944
    From his mission list for the 385th/548th, this is mission #142. The target says "French Supply." He was on Peterson's Crew.

  • 445

    28 June 1944

  • 447

    29 June 1944

  • 451

    4 July 1944

  • 455

    6 July 1944

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Associated Place

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...


Event Location Date
Died 27 May 1905
Based Glatton 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
11 February 2018 16:21:14 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:52 AAM AAM ingest

1993 457th BGA Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia