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Robert Falligant Travis


Robert was Commander of 41st CBW composed of 303rd, 384th, and the 379th BG.

In 1950, he was killed in a B-29 crash. He had been thrown clear of the wreckage and was going back into the burning airplane to save his crew when the plane blewup and he was killed. It was rumored that he was carrying a disassembled Atomic bomb to Korea.

Also the local Travis family in Sav'h say that when he realized the plane was going to crash he wrapped his arms around his young aide to try to protect him from the impact. Both men were thrown from the wreckage. Gen. Travis died from the injuries but his aide, 'Boyce' survived to tell the story. The family believes the plane was sabotaged.

Travis AFB in CA. named after him. Brother of William Livingston Travis.

SS w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH/ DFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster



  • Charles Hedrick

    Military | Sergeant | Aero-engine Technician, Driver | 303rd Bomb Group
    Inducted into Army 13 Jun 42 at Clarksburg WVa. Selected for Army Air Corps and trained at Airplane Mechanic School, Curtis Wright, Glendale California as an engine specialist. ...

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  • Brampton Grange

    Military site : non-airfield
    The First Air Division HQ was established at the Grange Hotel, Brampton and very quickly became operational on 15th June 1942 under the command of Colonel Claude E Duncan; on 19th August, Brampton was officially activated as the First Bomb Wing...


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Born Savannah, Georgia 26 December 1904
Died 5 August 1950


Date Contributor Update
18 June 2018 01:40:17 bombercommand Changes to biography

1st Air Division General Orders

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2017 04:24:55 bombercommand Changes to awards


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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45,