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Robert B McWhite


Crash landed in B-17 42-30793 Ellough, Norfolk, on return from a mission. 11/4/44.
Shot down 24 April 1944 Freidrichshafen mission in B-17 #4231253. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb 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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30793 'Tom Paine'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Named Tom Paine after a famous soldier who served in the American Army during the War of Independence after the airmen of the 562nd after they found out that he had been born in the nearby town of Thetford. Was chosen to promote Anglo-American co...

  • 42-31253

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Isle 22/10/43; Romulus 28/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 2/11/43; Missing in Action Freidrichshafen 24/4/44 with Bob McWhite, Co-pilot: Harry Olmstead, Navigator: Martin Cullen, Bombardier: Herb Scott, Flight...


Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Crash landed Ellough, Beccles, Suffolk NR34, UK 11 April 1944

Crash landed in B-17 42-30793 Ellough, Norfolk, on return from a mission. 11/4/44. RTD.

Shot down Ehrenberg, Germany 24 April 1944

Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 42-31253. POW.

Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft III Żagań, Poland 24 April 1944 – 1945

Prisoner of War. Stalag Luft III.


Date Contributor Update
24 December 2015 10:56:38 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:00 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4289