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Robert A Eckard

Military

Shot down by fighters just after bommbing the mission target at Gotha, GR and crashed SW of Gotha on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100374. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Service

Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 700th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-100374 Suitch's Bitch

    B-24 Liberator
    In mid-December, 1943, Lt. Suitch received orders to proceed to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take possession of a newly-built B-24 Liberator bomber. The bomber assigned to Lt. Suitch's crew was built at the Consolidated plant in San Diego, California, as part...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Akron, Ohio, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 24 February 1944
Died 24 February 1944
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 23:36:08 bombardier_daughter Changes to mission associations
Sources

Nancy Wilson

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 19:31:22 bombardier_daughter Changes to media associations
Sources

Nancy Wilson

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 2562 / MACR 2562, ABMC, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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