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Robert Bruce Birckhead

Military

Assigned to the 384th BG 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #72 dated 16 April 1944, as crew pilot. 31 combat missions.
Low squadron. 43-38579 peeled off and left formation prior to target and was under control; damaged by flak, crashed near Munchen-Gladbach, Germany; MACR 9754.

Service

People

  • Arthur Christian

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG, 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #132 dated 8 July 1944, R Farra Crew. 20 combat missions. ...

  • Millie Hailey

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Hilary Hedrick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #72 dated 16 April 1944, Birckhead Crew. ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38579

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/8/44; Lincoln 1/9/44; Grenier 11/9/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-F] Grafton Underwood 13/9/44; Missing in Action Cologne 5/10/44 with Bob Birckhead, Hilary Hedrick, Frank Vaniglia, Clyde Batte (4 Killed in Action); Art Christian,...

Missions

  • 665

    5 October 1944

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Memphis, TN, USA
Killed in action Germany 5 October 1944

KIA Aircraft damaged by flak, crashed near Munchen-Gladbach, Germany.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2017 15:44:04 general ira snapsorter Changes to events and person associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=317
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- MACR 9754;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 21:27:32 bombercommand Changes to surname, middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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