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Robert J Booth

Military

Credited with 8 E/A destroyed in the air. 65 x missions.
2 x missions; 11:15 hrs flight time on 'D'day,6-Jun-44.
Shot down and captured on 8-Jun-44. Crashed near La Fleche in P-51B 43-7199. MACR 5592.
Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft 3.

P-47D 42-8695 'Oily Boid', P-51B 43-6757, P-51B 43-7199

Awards: SS, DFC (3 OLC), AM (4 OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-7199

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) with Lt Robert J Booth 8-Jun-44; hit by ground fire whilst strafing, bailed out vicinity of Fleche, France POW MACR 5592

  • 42-8695 'Oily Boid'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 43-6757 'Oily Boid'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Waukesha, WI, USA 26 February 1923

Son of John Clifford and Gwendolyn M Booth.

Crashed Garner Field Airport, 301 Airport Blvd, Uvalde, TX 78801, USA 30 September 1942

Taxiing Accident Garner Field, TX Cat 3 damage Lt Robert J Booth, 30-Sep-42.

PT-19A 41-20277 - 4AAFFTD

Based East Wretham April 1943 – 8 June 1944

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed Germany 30 January 1944

E/A destroyed Germany. 30-Jan-44.

E/A Destroyed Germany 6 March 1944

E/A destroyed Germany. 6-Mar-44.

Promotion Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 12 April 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed France 22 April 1944

E/A destroyed France. 22-Apr-44.

E/A Destroyed Germany 25 April 1944

E/A destroyed Germany. 25-Apr-44.

E/A Destroyed [3] France 8 May 1944

3 x E/A destroyed France. 8-May-44.

E/A Destroyed France 29 May 1944

Fw190 destroyed France. 29-May-44.

Shot down 72200 La Flèche, France 8 June 1944

Shot down and crashed near La Fleche in P-51B 43-7199 8-Jun-44.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 8 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died Wisconsin, USA 24 May 2009
Buried June 2009

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2021 13:09:14 Al_Skiff Changes to events and place associations
Sources

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/133346845
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/72314698/robert-j-booth

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2017 10:36:42 Lucy May Changes to nickname
Sources

Correspondence with Joanne Mason:
"My mother died recently and when I was going through her belongings I found an ID bracelet for Robert J Booth. When I Googled him I found on your website that you have no nickname for him. I would just like you to know that his nickname when he flew in the UK and was very close to my mother, was “Postie” and this was the name under which my uncle knew him."

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2016 21:13:10 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Booth
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Booth%2C+Robert+J
https://www.fold3.com/image/28621970
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_359.php
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=72314698

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2016 21:04:22 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Booth
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Booth%2C+Robert+J
https://www.fold3.com/image/28621970
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_359.php

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 / Fighter Aces of the U. S. A. and Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force/ SELF/MACR 5592, Unit History / MACR 5592 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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