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Robert Joseph Abresch


Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-Sep-44 in B-17 42-31091 'Maggie'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 8920

Awards: AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).



  • Milton Wingard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 61BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Shot down 11-Sep-44 in B-17 42-31091 'Maggie'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 8920 Awards: AM (5OLC), PH (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31091 MAGGIE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 2/10/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-O] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; Missing in Action Merseburg 11/9/44 with Milton Wingard, Co-pilot: Bob Abresch, Navigator: Bob Sullivan, Tail gunner: Ed Chiariello (4...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Staten Island, NY

Son of Gertrude Abresch.

Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 11 September 1944

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 11 September 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Discharged USAAF October 1945

Honourable discharge.


Date Contributor Update
28 October 2021 20:34:59 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 18:10:36 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8920 / MACR 8920, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database