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Robert Eugene Geiss

Military

Lt. Robert Geiss was signed to the 328th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF, in the U.K. He was shot down and killed (KIA) with his pilot, Lt. Claude A. Turner and his entire crew in the B-24D, 42-63988, named, Birmingham Blitzkreig. The plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). 13 Nov 43. MACR 2180

Awards: AM, PH.

2Lt Robert E. Geiss :
BIRTH : Jan 20, 1918
DEATH : 13 Nov 1943
BURIAL : Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
PLOT : Tablets of the Missing
MEMORIAL ID : 56289976 · View Source

2Lt. Robert E. Geiss MIA/KIA
Hometown: Kansas Missouri
Squadron: 328th Bomb Squadron - 93rd Bomb Group
Service Number: O-676463
Awards: Air Medal - Purple Heart
Pilot : Lt. Claude A. Turner - Silver Star - MIA - KIA

Target: Bremen, Germany Port Area
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR 2180
Date Lost: 13 Nov 43
Serial Number: 42-63988
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name: Birmingham Blitzkrieg
Location: North Sea
Cause: Shot down - 11 MIA - KIA,
Notes: On this date the the 8th Air Force carried out a raid on Bremen Germany. The 93rd Bomb Group lost 5 of 8 effective ships with over 52 airman unaccounted for - MIA.

None of the crew members from this ship, 42-63988, Birmingham Blitzkrieg, were recovered from this mission. Their names appear on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery. One is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands. Most likely, 42-63988, was lost at sea. 13 Nov 1943

Service

People

  • James Marquis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | B-24 Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. James E. Marquis was born on February 6, 1922. After completing his navigator flight training in the U.S. Lt. Marquis, was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron in the United Kingdom, and was temporarily...

  • Claude Turner

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Claude A. Turner was born in Travis Peak, Texas, on Oct 22, 1919. He trained as an aviation pilot at Kelly Field and other air bases in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. After receiving his pilot's wings, Turner was assigned to the 8th Air Force,...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40608 - The Vulgar Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    NOTE - The B-24D, named, The Vulgar Virgin, 42-40608, was originally in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron. It was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron, in...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kansas City MO 20 January 1918

Son of Peter Jacob and Irene F Geiss.

Based Hardwick 1943 – 13 November 1943

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died North Sea 13 November 1943

Shot down and killed (KIA) in the B-24, 42-63988, named, 'Birmingham Blitzkreig'. The plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). 13-Nov-43. MACR 2180

Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2021 21:03:56 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2021 21:01:03 Kickapoo Changes to middlename, nickname and biography
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Detail corrections for accuracy. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 13:36:14 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56289976/robert-e.-geiss

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2021 12:40:51 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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1Lt. Robert E Geiss - FindAGrave Memorial

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2021 12:31:27 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - BIRMINGHAM BLITZKRIEG

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2021 11:21:55 Kickapoo Changes to role, biography and person associations
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2Lt. Robert E. Geiss - FindAGrave Memorial

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2021 11:05:20 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-62988 - BIRMINGHAM BLITZKRIEG

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2021 11:01:48 Kickapoo Changes to biography and awards
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-63988

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:14 AAM AAM ingest
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ABMC; MACR 2180 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2180 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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