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Robert E Allen

Military

Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39893. Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Service

Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31069 'LITTLE MOE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-K] Deenethorpe 11/11/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/9/44 with Ed Aves, Co-pilot: Clayton Crunk, Navigator: Ralph Mezydlo, Bombardier: John MacDougall, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-37809 Carolina Queen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/9/43; Scott 22/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-G] Deenthorpe 26/10/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Harry Chapman, Co-pilot: John Peck, Navigator: Harrison Hurlburt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Badura,...

  • 42-39893

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/9/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-J] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Don Sprecher, Co-pilot: Zuven Mascomian, Navigator: Ken Tinkelbaugh, Bombardier: Glen Weiss, Flight engineer...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 11 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2021 01:48:53 acbernstein1 Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=0951

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2505 / MACR 2505, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=951 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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