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Robert J Hoyt


Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #41-24417 'Dixie Demo'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.
Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #42-5426 Fightin' Bitin'. Killed in Action (KIA) [according to Russell Strong, Hoyt survived].



  • Arthur Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    According to a December 2004 posting by his nephew Robert Rushton, Arthur D. Johnson had been radio operator on #42-30730 earlier in 1943. He was shot down later, on 29 July 1943 in B-17 #42-5426 'Fightin' Bitin'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Albert Sewald

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on Robert Hoyt crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden in B-17 42-31078 11-Dec-43; hit by flak, crashed into sea off Emden. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1574 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with


  • 41-24417 Dixie Demo II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Bangor 14/7/42; 97BG 24/8/42; dam 21/10/42; BAD 24/10/42; 369BS/306BG [WW-M] Thurleigh /10/42; ditched North Sea, off Cromer, Nfk., 26/7/43 with Alphonse Maresh, Co-pilot: Bob Hoyt, Navigator: Jim Brown, Bombardier: Art Isaac, Flight...

  • 42-5426 FIGHTIN' BITIN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-X] Thurleigh 25/3/43; Missing in Action Kiel 28/7/43 with Don Winters, Navigator: Arnold Derifield, Bombardier: Levi Irwin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Moore, Radio Operator:...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Born 5 January 1918
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 29 July 1943
Buried Troy, Michigan, USA

White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
20 March 2020 00:54:47 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added Born and Buried events per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 187116402.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2020 03:53:10 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:36 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor; MACR 123, Losses of the 8th & 9th AF Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 197-8, 205, First Over Germany pg. 145-47