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Robert J Abt


Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-3053 'Desperate Journey'. Prisoner of War (POW).




  • Norbert Koll

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshafen 21-May-43 in B-17 42-3053, 1st mission as pilot in command; enemy aircraft set ship afire, crashed Hogebarg, near Wittmundenhafen. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4438 Awards: PH.

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 42-3053 Desperate Journey

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/1/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-Z] Morrison 5/3/43; Bassingbourn 25/3/43; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 21/5/43 with Norbert Koll, Co-pilot: Wayne Buck, Bombardier: Edwin Bruton, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albert Zaverl,...


Event Location Date
Born Syracuse, New York, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 21 May 1943

Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15


Date Contributor Update
14 February 2020 20:22:53 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for 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 4438 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database