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Robert A Garcia


Shot down 11 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5430 'Pappy', Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag 17B. Played saxophone and clarinet, and was leader of the Cardboard Theater Band while in the camp. Had to take part in the forced march to Branau, Austria.

POW, Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal


Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Oakland, California 13 September 1922


Date Contributor Update
06 September 2021 19:56:38 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

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 / self, MACR 15228, Roster