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Robert F Sommer

Military

Oranienburg, 10 April 1945 believed to have the top of the rudder shot off and seen going down under control. RTMC

Service

People

  • Derwin Blankenship

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew 18 missions over Germany -- was shot down on our 18th mission at Oranienburg on 10 April 1945 -- was Prisoner of War (POW) for about 30 days (I called it a walking tour of Germany). We were never in a Stalag camp. The 8th British Army* bypassed us...

  • Russell Curtis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg mission 10 April 1945. Plane believed to have rudder shot off and was seen straggling behind the formation and was seen going down under control. Returned to base.

  • Howell Ellard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg, 10 April 1945 mission. Plane was believed to have the top of its rudder shot off. AC was seen straggling behind the formation and was seen going down under control. Returned to base.

  • Ernest Fisher

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg 10 April 1945 AC was believed to have the top of it's rudder shot off. Seen going down under control. RTMC.

  • Paul Hamilton

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg 10 April 1945 mission. Plane believed to have the top of it's rudder shot off and A/C was seen straggling behind formation and going down under control. RTMC.

  • Auburn Kattengell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg 10 April 1945 mission. Plane believed to have had the top of its rudder shot off. AC was seen straggling behind the formation and was seen going down under control. Returned to base.

  • Henry McFadden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg, Germany mission 10 April 1945 Aircrat 'Goo Goo' was hit by ME 262; s at target and believed to have had the top of its rudder shot off. AC was seen straggling behind the formation and was seen going down under control. Returned to duty.

  • Donald Ware

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg 10 April 1945 Mission AC was believed to have had the top of its rudder shot off and seen going down under control. RTMC.

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37851 Goo Goo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/44; Kearney 8/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 18/7/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 10/4/45 with Henry McFadden, Auburn Kattengell, Russ Curtis, Paul Hamilton, Howard Ellard, Don Ware, Ernie Fisher, Bob...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Oregon, Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2018 19:53:24 KChasteen Changes to nickname, service number, role and awards
Sources

War department flight records, certified by Captain William Chandler, indicate my father was a tail gunner.

My father's discharge records indicate the following:

Date of entry into active service (enlistment): 20th, January 1944
Date wounds received in action: 9th, April 1944 (Blankenship lists this as October 4th)
Date my father returned to the United States: 28th, May 1945

My father always stated that the B-17 "Goo Goo" was shot down in April. His record of what happened is as follows:

My father served with two crews

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 08:36:49 Lucy May Changes to place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

MACR 13874 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 341 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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