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Robert Gregory Boudon

Military

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • John Dugan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Edward Felski

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Floyd Hammond

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Lawrence Kaplan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Weldon Martz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Athol Strickland

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102447 'El's Belles'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 6/4/44; with L.J. Price, force landed 4/8/44 sal; with M.S. Roy force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44; with H. Rivet force landed France 20/2/45; with J.E....

  • 42-102455 'Lucky Lady' 'Screaming Eagle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gt Falls 6/3/44; Cheyenne 4/4/44; Hunter 18/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 8/5/44 LUCKY LADY; with H.E. Hansen force landed B-58 Melsbroek, Bel 6/2/45; with G.T. Purdy force landed A-96 Toul-Ochey,...

  • 42-102591 Cactus Pete

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ-] Rattlesden 22/4/44; returned from Caen 6/6/44 with Phil Chase, Co-pilot: George Phillips, Navigator: Francis PrendercastWounded in Action, Bombardier: George Betker,...

  • 42-107201 'Worry Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 6/7/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 8/4/44; 121m, Returned to the USA Bradley 2/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-31514

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/11/43; Gr Island 3/12/43; Presque Is 9/12/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-K] Horham 17/12/43; 335BS [OE-K];Tail gunner: Jim Gussett (Killed in Action) 18/3/44; (49m), Missing in Action Zeitz 16/8/44 with Don Severson, Co-pilot: Harry...

  • 42-31589 'Patty Ann'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Gt Falls 1/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Grenier 9/1/44; Presque Is 12/1/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-O] Horham 23/1/44; 72m, Missing in Action Zeitz 16/8/44 with Lou Price, Radio Operator: Bill Dixon, Ball turret...

  • 42-37879 'Wrinkled Belly Baby'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/9/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [BG-U] Horham 11/11/43; with W.P. Kelley force landed Attlebridge afb, Suffolk, 11/12/43; two days later the u/c would not extend and force landed at Honington AFB with H. M. Powers, Co...

  • 42-97215

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 12/3/44; on practice mission 20/11/44 with Stew Reed, Co-pilot: Harold Rensch, Navigator: Tony Marnik, Radio Operator: Bill Raab, Flight engineer/top...

  • 43-38255 'Poof Proof'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/7/44; Hunter 22/7/44; Dow Fd 4/8/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-A] Horham 5/8/44; 334BS [BG-C]; with R.G. Boudon force landed Framlingham afb 18/10/44; caught fire en route Hamm 28/10/44 with G.L. Braund; ret safely, 9RTD Missing Air...

Missions

  • 460

    8 July 1944

  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 478

    17 July 1944
    Took off at suppertime and missed the target by at least 40 miles. Flak was extremely close. Minor damage.

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 510

    2 August 1944

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Port Allegany, PA 21 October 1919

Son of Henry Lawrence and Agnes Milvida [Boland] Boudon.

Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA 21 July 1941

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 8 July 1944 – 18 October 1944

Completed a 30 combat mission tour

Lived in Olean, NY 1950
Died Westlake, OH 16 June 2018

ROBERT G. BOUDON, age 98. A humble servant has left his earthly home to begin his life in heaven, reunited with his beloved wife Peggy (Margaret Ann Honsberger). Bob was born in Port Allegany, PA. During WWII Bob served as Captain of a B-17 Bomber, flying missions to Germany, Russia and Poland. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war Bob and Peggy settled in Olean, N.Y. and later moved to Lakewood, OH. Left behind to celebrate his life are children Claudia Pawlak (Ray, deceased), Greg (Sue), Jim (deceased), Betsy Guild (Jacek), Christopher, Margy Poorman, Larry (Lynn), Mike (Nancy), Barb Samanta (Supriya). Loving Grandpa to 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by four siblings. After retiring from his sales career, Bob and Peg moved to Westlake. Bob volunteered into his 90’s as a Eucharistic Minister and Usher at St. Bernadette Church. Our Dad was a wonderful husband and father, who loved his family beyond measure. His life was an example of strong faith, hard work, humor, generosity and so much more. We will miss him. Funeral Mass at St. Bernadette Church, 2256 Clague Rd., Friday, June 22 at 10:30am. Interment Lakewood Park Cemetery. Friends may call in the McGORRAY-HANNA FUNERAL HOME OF WESTLAKE, 25620 CENTER RIDGE ROAD, WESTLAKE, OHIO 44145 THURSDAY 2 - 4 and 6 - 8PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forwarded to Camilla Hall Nursing Home, c/o Mission Advancement, 1140 King Rd., Immaculatta, PA 19345

Buried Lakewood Park Cemetery Rocky River, Cuyahoga County, OH 19 June 2018

Lakewood Park Cemetery
Rocky River, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, US

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2021 11:00:39 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, events, unit associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/544518547
https://www.fold3.com/record/83751173/robert-g-boudon-wwii-army-enlistme...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/190708915/robert-g.-boudon

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2020 03:26:21 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/627
https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/3147/images/41226_62220...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/190708915

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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