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Robert C Heller


Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229587 'Jolly Roger. ' Prisoner of War (POW).
Bob was a pilot in the Army Air force, 91st Bomb Group, 401st Squadron, flying a B-17 Fortress. His plane was shot down on August 12, 1943 over Germany, and he was taken to Dulag Luft, Frankfort, Stalag Luft III, Sagan, as a POW. In January 1945 he endured a long march to Stalag VII A, Mooseburg, where the POW's were
liberated by General Patton. He left active duty in September 1945 and remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1953. He received a Unit Award, three Air Medals, and a POW medal.


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29587 Jolly Roger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/43; Salina 2/2/43; Nashville 30/3/43; Homestead 7/4/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-J] Bassingbourn 19/4/43; Missing in Action 9m Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Bob Heller, Co-pilot: Wilbur Rowland, Navigator: Walt Ferguson, Bombardier:...


Event Location Date
Born Lakewood, Ohio 23 December 1920
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 12 August 1943 – 1945
Died West Chester, PA 1 July 2015


Date Contributor Update
07 August 2021 21:40:25 acbernstein1 Changes to biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 260 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database