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Robert H Gross


Bob Gross flew 33 missions with the 34th Bomb Group.

In Bob's own words: "The crash on take-off was not on D-Day but in August 44. I did not fly D-Day and the crew crashed at Corfe Castle killing the entire crew. Unbeknown to me and not discovered till 1997 (54 years later) that a ground crew had flown in my place and some records indicated that I was among the 9 killed that day."

Distinguished Flying Cross; Purple Heart; Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Clusters; African Middle Eastern European Campaign Medal



  • Vincent Drozdek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist and Nose Gunner (B-24) | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 ...

Units served with

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 7th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28838 Misery Agent / Tommy Thumper

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 41-28838 was originally assigned to the 486th Bomb Group and nicknamed "Tommy Thumper". The aircraft flew 7 missions with the 486th Bomb Group from 8 May 1944, before being transferred to the 34th Bomb Group and being renamed "Misery...

Associated Place

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.


Event Location Date
Born Hartford, Connecticut 21 June 1920


Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 17:29:20 Lucy May Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards and place associations

As told to the museum by Bob Gross.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:31 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self