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Robert Albert Blankenburg

Military

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 16-Sep-43 in B-17 42-30030 'Old Ironsides'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.
Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30214 'Iza Angel II'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3141

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Service

People

  • Henry Nagorka

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30030 'Old Ironsides'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30214 'Iza Angel II'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 42-30030 Old Ironsides

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 23/5/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [BK-F] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; transferred 2 SAD Lt Staughton 31/7/43 then 560BS/388BG. ...

  • 42-30214 'IZA ANGEL II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall [ -M] 26/6/43; Missing in Action Gdynia 9/10/43 with Henry Nagorka, John Leverone, Mike Mahoney, Francis Antalek, Bill Caruso, John...

  • 42-30371

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Gr Isle 6/4/43; Dow Fd 25/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 26/6/43; Missing in Action Gdynia 9/10/43 with Henry Nagorka, Navigator: John Leverone, Bombardier: Mike Mahoney, Radio Operator: Francis Antalek, Waist gunner...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL 28 September 1915
Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 25 June 1942

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Based Knettishall 1943 – 9 October 1943

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died North Sea 9 October 1943

Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30214 'Iza Angel II'. Plane crashed into North Sea. KIA MACR 3141

Buried Fort Snelling National Cemetery Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN 24 February 1949

Re-Interred
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2021 17:19:57 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/537993893
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952167
https://www.fold3.com/record/712036596/blankenburg-robert-a-us-veterans-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/375427/robert-a-blankenburg

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2020 03:58:26 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3141 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor; MACR 3141

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