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Robert C Bacher

Military

Bob Bacher signed up to the AAF. Cadet programme in November 1942 but was not called up until June 1943. He was initially trained as a bombardier, then in December 1943 as an advanced navigator. He eventually arrived at North Pickenham flying on his first mission 25th August 1944. On his 5th mission over Germany flak severed the control cable and they were unable to steer the aircraft, which fortunately was headed west at the time. They bailed out north of Paris and just 50 hours later were back at Pickenham. On 9th October - again over Germany - flak damaged the main gasoline transfer valve and they were again forced to bail out, fortunately over friendly territory. He later graduated from Penn State and worked with telephones for 41 years, retiring in 1988 as Operating Vice President of the Keystone Region for Bell Atlantic Corp. Treasurer of the 'Ringmasters' 1995-2001

Service

Units served with

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

Aircraft

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2021 10:37:48 Helen Changes to biography
Sources

Ringmasters' Log Fall 2000

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2021 10:14:01 Helen Changes to role and biography
Sources

Ringmasters' Log Fall 2000

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000 & SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, D790.A2S45, 1998, page 199

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