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Robert G Borst


Shot down on 8/15/44 in B-24 'Ramblin Wreck' #41-28932. Crashed at Gelderingen, Evaded (EVD).



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    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

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  • 787th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28932 Ramblin' Wreck

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft's last mission was on August 15, 1944, when it was flown by a makeshift crew led by pilot Robert W. Harrington from Attlebridge air base. The target was a Luftwaffe airfield in Vechta, near Bremen, Germany. The target was successfully...


  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Gelderingen

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born Roanoke, Virginia, USA 1 November 1922
Lived in Greene, NY 13778, USA 1942
Shot Down/Evaded Gelderingen, Steenwijkerwold, Netherlands 15 August 1944
Died Laurel, MD, USA 16 April 2014

Robert Borst, born November 1, 1922, longtime resident of Laurel, MD, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on April 16, 2014.
Robert served as a navigator-bombardier in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII. He was shot down over Holland during his 13th mission on August 15, 1944. After saving the life of the nose gunner by releasing his hatch door and enabling the gunner to escape, Robert parachuted to enemy-controlled ground. Robert was assisted and kept safe by the Dutch Underground until he was liberated by a Canadian Unit on April 13, 1945.
Robert was employed by American Instrument and later ElectroTherm, a division of Baxter Laboratories. He retired in June of 1988.


Date Contributor Update
18 September 2020 20:39:56 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

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06 April 2020 15:55:41 Brad Sullivan Changes to service number

MACR 8430

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23 June 2016 18:14:24 466thHistorian Changes to role and awards

"Second Air Division" - page 180

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14 January 2015 20:29:55 466thHistorian Changes to events, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

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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 / MACR 8430 / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000 MACR 8430 & SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, D790.A2S45, 1998, page 214 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database