BG Robert F. Travis, return from Mission# 68, 28 March 1944. Henry L. Davis Collection
Letter from J.H. Doolittle - May 1, 20144
General Orders #66, 1st Bombardment Division, 3 May 1944
General Orders #66, 1st Air Division, 3 May 1944
"England - Brig General Robert F Travis, Savanna, GA Combat wing commander, addresses men of the 379th Bomb Group."
The signature covered Fortress, centrestage, is 41-24577 'Hells Angels' 358BS, 303BG, 8AF. Prior to 'Hells Angels' departing for the ZI on a war bonds tour. Amongst the crowd is Colonel Kermit D Stevens C/O 303BG [3rd left from Brig Gen Robert F Travis ].
"Brig General Robert Travis poses in front of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. 303rd Bomb Group England 26-Nov-43."
"Brig General Robert F Travis 303rd Bomb Group, beside B-17 'The 8 Ball'. England 11-Jan-44."
"General Travis and Colonel Lyle with lead crew on bombing mission to Marienburg, Germany, beside a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress". England 9 April 1944."
Rear L-R: 2Lt Dallas E Kendall, Brig Gen Robert F Travis, Col Lewis E Lyle, 1Lt George T Orvis Jr, 1Lt Ingvald M Iverson, 1Lt Everett Z Randall.
Front L-R: S/Sgt John B Price, S/Sgt John R Chancellor, S/Sgt Andrew G Benevento, T/Sgt Willie T Sparks, S/Sgt Craig Warren Winters.
"Lead crew on bombing mission to Oscheraleben, Germany, beside the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'The 8 Ball'. 303rd Bomb Group. England, 11 January 1944."
Rear L-R: 2Lt Robert H Halpin, Capt Jack B Fawcett, Capt Norman Nels Jacobsen, Brig Gen Robert F Travis, Lt Col William R Calhoun, 1Lt Darrell D Gust.
Front L-R: S/Sgt Harley F Jennings, T/Sgt George R Keesling, S/Sgt Leroy L "Shorty" Mace, T/Sgt Kenneth P Fitzsimmons, S/Sgt Albert C Santella.
"Brig. General Robert F Travis presents medal to Capt. Jacobsen. 303rd Bomb Group, England. 14 March 1944."
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
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.
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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