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Robert Emmett Huff Sr


Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Whiteside crew. 3 x combat missions. Seriously wounded in crash landing of B-17 42‑97263. Thrown, along with Navigator, though nose of A/C. WIA

Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • John Whitesides

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. 10-Jan-45 aboard B-17 42-97263 'Lady Margaret', A/C crashed on take off. RTD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-97263 "LADY MARGARET"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Dalhart 2/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-D] Grafton Underwood 15/4/44; crashed on take off with John Whiteside 10/1/45, Salvaged.

  • 43-37843 ALEX

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    43-37843 Del Cheyenne 27/5/44; Kearney 6/6/44; Dow Field 27/6/44; Ass 547BS/384BG [SO-B] Grafton Underwood 21/7/44; collision damage Ingoldstadt on 5/4/45 with B-17 44-8430, RECALL. Crashed, all crew bailed out and RTD. ALEX

  • 44-6514 Danny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 25/8/44; Grenier 17/9/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-Q] Grafton Underwood 21/9/44; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45.DANNY.

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Walla Walla, WA 2 August 1919

Son of Emmett Charles and Hilda [Edmonds] Huff.

Enlisted 7 January 1943
Hospitalised United Kingdom January 1944

Hospitalised UK, Jan-44 Heavy cold. RTD

Hospitalised United Kingdom February 1944

Hospitalised UK, Feb-44 Heavy cold. RTD

Based Grafton Underwood December 1944 – 10 January 1945

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Wounded in Action (WIA) Grafton Underwood, UK 10 January 1945

Seriously wounded in crash landing of B-17 42‑97263. WIA

Discharged USAAF 25 July 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Cupertino, CA 25 January 2005
Buried Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, CA 28 January 2005

Alta Mesa Memorial Park
Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California


Date Contributor Update
09 August 2020 12:43:57 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, nickname, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 12:52:29 Lucy May Changes to service number

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:15 AAM AAM ingest

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