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Robert Joseph Abresch

Military

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).

Service

People

  • 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

    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

Aircraft

  • 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

Events

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.

Revisions

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
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28738871
https://www.fold3.com/image/28738938
https://www.fold3.com/image/696545578
https://www.remember-our-heroes.nl/POW.htm

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

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
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8920 / MACR 8920, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=3143 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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