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Robert J Bain


Was flying on 27-Sep-44, when the 445th BG lost 25 bombers on the Kassel raid. Squadron established record score on this day also. 3 damaged- 2 x Fw190, 1 x Bf109. ETD.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 Bronze Star).


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. ...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 376th Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron


  • 43-12173 'Peg O' My Heart'

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51B 43-12173 'Peg O' my Heart' ...

  • 44-14363 'Blue Eyes' 'Myrt'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Robert J Bain. Re-assigned to Lt Marion C Kelly.

  • 42-106802 'Blue Eyes'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Robert J Bain. Lost due to structural failure 11-Oct-44 Little Walden/Sta 165 - F/O Walter F Chapin Jr KIFA.


Associated Place

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...


Event Location Date
Born Pittsburg, Pennsylvania 2 August 1920
Lived in Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1941
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 17 September 1942
Promoted Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 1944
Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 27 May 1944

Taxiing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 4 damage Lt Robert J Bain, 27-May-44.

P-51B 43-12173 - 555FTS 496FTG 8AF

Based Bottisham June 1944 – November 1944

Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) November 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).


Date Contributor Update
28 August 2016 12:23:46 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

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 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / self