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Robert E DeMille

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Robert E. DeMille was my Father. He flew 32 missions in B-17's from Grafton-Underwood (384th BG/ 544th BS) and Chelveston in England. He never wanted to speak very much of his wartime experiences. He wanted to come home after his obligatory 25 Missions, but he said he was "encouraged" to stay on for a "few more" missions (32 total). The pilot he typically flew with was Don S. Morrison, however, he also flew with Walter Richard Carpenter on 3 Missions. Dad was always extremely neat and he said Don liked to be more "easy going". I have pictures of Dad's "neat as a pin" quarters and a picture of Don's "easy going" quarters. They flew one of the Pathfinder planes on the the first bombing run into Berlin.

Service

People

  • Robert Belk

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Bailed out of B-17 #42-5086 'Wahoo II' over England on return from mission to Munster railroad yards on 10 October 1943. All crew survived. Shot down in B-17 #42-31397 on 25 Feb 1944 on mission to Regensburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Joseph Burger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on the 26 November 1943 mission to Bremen in B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Walter Carpenter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Berlin on 4 March 1944, B-17G #42-39991 was crippled by ME109s and after the rest of the crew baled out, the 2 pilots and the radio operator made an emergency landing SW of St Pol, France. Walter Carpenter was severely wounded and died...

  • Donald Engwer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Completed tour and returned to the US. Honorably discharged 22 October 1945.

  • Earl Mason

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Rescued and returned to base.

  • Donald Morrison

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Rescued and returned to base.

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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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24560 'Little Audrey'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-D] New Castle 4/10/42; Thurleigh 26/10/42; transferred 369BS [WW- ]; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-A] Grafton Underwood 5/9/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 14/5/44; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-29703

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-A] Alconbury 8/4/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; 4m, transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-E] Grafton Underwood 10/7/43; 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 5/4/44; Returned to the USA 6...

  • 42-29717 Mr. Five by Five

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Brookley 19/3/43; Smoky Hill 23/3/43; Syracuse 8/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-Z] Bassingbourn 17/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 326BS/92BG Alconbury 1/8/43; 544BS...

  • 42-29828 SHORT STRIDE; LOMA LEE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/2/43; Stillwater 8/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned Grafton Underwood, 17/4/43, 413BS/96BG, SHORT STRIDE; transferred 14/7/43, Grafton Underwood, 545BS/384BG [JD-Q], LOMA LEE. Returned to the USA 5/6/44; Tinker 26/6/44;...

  • 42-31073

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 29/9/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG {SO- ] Grafton Underwood 18/10/43; suffered battle damaged Gironde 31/12/43 with George Stier, Co-pilot: Harry Bertram, Navigator: Ralph Harvey, Bombardier: Bob Maine, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-31235 "GOIN' DOG"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/10/43; Gr Island 16/10/43; Nashville 26/11/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-C] Grafton Underwood 6/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 7/5/44 with Theo Goller, Co-pilot: Greg Martin, Navigator: Joe Cittandin, Bombardier: Gene Grilli, Flight...

  • 42-31346 SHACK RABBIT

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/10/43; Grand Island 31/10/43; Wilmington 27/11/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-Q] Grafton Underwood 20/1/44; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 24/4/44 with Walter L. Harvey, Navigator: Johnson W. Rule, Bombardier: Richard E. Rader,...

  • 42-31364 "NUTTAL'S NUT HOUSE"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/10/43; Grand Island 13/11/43; Wilmington 26/11/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-D] Grafton Underwood 10/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Grover Seamon, Co-pilot: Herb Kohlston, Navigator: Jim Sulser, n/g-Sgt Ray Thompson,...

  • 42-31495 Wabbit Twacks

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Presque Is 16/12/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-R] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; Missing in Action Sottevast, France 8 May 1944 with James Foster, Co-pilot: Clifford Johnson, Navigator: Joseph...

  • 42-3429 'Flak House'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/6/43; Kearney 20/7/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-F] Grafton Underwood 11/8/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 8/6/44; Returned to the USA 19/6/44, then LU RTO A6F Phillips 29/11/44. FLAK HOUSE.

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Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • 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 Brooklyn, New York 25 February 1921

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2022 12:21:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / son, Bruce De Mille, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=d...

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2017 07:03:03 Bdemille Changes to media associations
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Bruce A. DeMille, son Lt. Robert E. DeMille

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28 May 2017 06:16:15 Bdemille Changes to media associations
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Bruce A. DeMille, son Lt. Robert E. DeMille

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28 May 2017 05:07:33 Bdemille Changes to awards
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Bruce A. DeMille, son Lt. Robert E. DeMille

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 16:50:49 Bdemille Changes to media associations
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Bruce A. DeMille, son Robert E. DeMille

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 16:38:38 Bdemille Changes to person associations
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Bruce A. DeMille, son of Robert E. DeMille

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 16:35:02 Bdemille Changes to biography
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Bruce A. DeMille, Son of Robert E. DeMille

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2017 11:20:30 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations
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Added connections to all of the different aircraft flow by DeMille. Source:
http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=940

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2017 06:00:50 Bdemille Changes to media associations
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Bruce A. DeMille, Son

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2017 05:49:48 Bdemille Changes to media associations
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Bruce A. DeMille, son Robert e. DeMille

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2017 05:46:25 Bdemille Changes to biography
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Bruec A. DeMille, son

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2017 04:51:41 Bdemille Changes to biography
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Bruce A. DeMille (son of Robert E. DeMille)

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2017 03:44:37 Bdemille Changes to biography
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Bruce DeMille, son

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2017 16:58:54 Bdemille Changes to biography
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Bruce DeMille, son

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2017 16:55:02 Bdemille Changes to nickname, biography and awards
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Bruce A. DeMille, son

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2017 15:51:06 Bdemille Changes to surname, service number, role, biography, awards, person associations and place associations
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Bruce A. DeMille, son, 4added this information 4/23/3017

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:13 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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