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Robert Alfred Boock


Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 26 January 1943 (Returned To Duty - RTD). On 6 April 1943, smoke in the cockpit forced a landing 3.5 miles off the coast of North Foreland, UK. (Returned To Duty - RTD). On 18 May 1943, his P-47C #41-6405 was shot down by fighters and crashed into the sea between Knokke and Blankenberge, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA). He is still listed as Missing In Action (MIA), as his remains were never recovered.



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    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Armourer
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAAF and by 1962 had risen to Chief Master Sgt.

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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. ...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...


  • AB941

    Supermarine Spitfire AB941, Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • 41-6405 OLD RED ASS

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C 41-6405 4FG/334FS crashed into the sea while on a fighter sweep in the Knocke-Blankenberge area of Belgium. Cause unknown as no MACR was issued. Pilot MIA.

  • BM309

    Supermarine Spitfire BM309 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • 41-6404 'Ill Wind?' 'Old Red Ass'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt P47C-5-RE 41-6405 'Old Red Ass' assigned to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF, pilot Lt Nicholas Megura. Re-assigned to Raymond C 'Bud' Care. ...


  • VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 256

    26 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 22 Spitfires to escort RAF Venturas on Circus 256. Exact targets not determined but certainly targets near the Channel coast of France. 1 Spitfire is lost in the sea due to mechanical failure, but the pilot is rescued.

  • VIII Fighter Command FO - 23 FIGHTER SWEEPS

    18 May 1943
    A combined force of 100 P-47s are despatched on fighter sweeps of the Knokke/Blankenberge/Nieuport area. A German fighter patrol is encountered. 1 P-47 is MIA. 4th FG claims 2-0-0 on the Luftwaffe, but only 1 kill is officially credited.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....


Event Location Date
Born St Cloud, Stearns County, Minnesota 15 May 1920
Lived in Coronado, California July 1941

Coronado, San Diego County, California

Based Kirton-in-Lindsey 8 September 1942 – 29 September 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Debden, Loughton IG10, UK 29 September 1942 – 18 May 1943

Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched North Sea 26 January 1943

Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 26-Jan-43 Return To Duty RTD.

Ditched North Foreland Lighthouse, 36 N Foreland Rd, Broadstairs CT10 3NN, UK 6 April 1943

Smoke in the cockpit forced a landing 3.5 miles off the coast of North Foreland, UK. 6-Apr-43. Return To Duty RTD.

Promotion Debden, Loughton IG10, UK 8 May 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Killed in Action (KIA) Blankenberge, Belgium 18 May 1943

Exact cause unknown because no MACR was issued. Crashed into the sea between Knokke and Blankenberge, Belgium. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Rue du Mémorial Américain 159, 4852 Hombourg, Belgium

Commemorated on the Walls of the Missing, Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
04 June 2020 13:48:59 ED-BB Changes to biography and events

Corrected phrasing at the end of Biography

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2020 13:20:05 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography and events

WWII Draft card
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2017 12:53:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2016 18:59:37 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 15:48:29 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

Connecting airman to specific RAF ‘Eagle’ Squadron

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2015 18:40:58 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

AAM DB entry.

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 20:24:03 apollo11 Changes to unit associations

Personal research & 4th fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholz.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2015 18:33:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2015. Added SN, Commemorated event and decorations per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections for Place, Aircraft and Missions within existing website data; Edited Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 100-101, 126 , ABMC and National Archives web site / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list