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Robert L Abrams


Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Killed in Action (KIA).



Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 729th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37954 "Hank from Dixie" aka "Paper Doll".

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 729BS/452BG [M3- ] Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Henry Wilson, Co-pilot: Jim Boren, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Chaisson, Radio Operator: Gene Lutz, Ball...

  • 42-39985 Duchess of FUBAR

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Walla Walla 10/11/43; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 23/3/44 with Bob Brennon, Co-pilot: Lyle Mower, Navigator: Henry Schaeffer, Bombardier: Dick Thompson, Flight engineer/top...


  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 214

    8 February 1944
    1st Bomb Division: The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany are the primary target for a combined force of 120 B-17s from: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 382BG; and 482BG. 51 aircraft are effective on the target and another 39 attack...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There are so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...


Event Location Date
Born Nyack, New York, USA 1921
Drafted Pearl River, New York 14 February 1942
Killed in Action (KIA) Töppel, 39264 Moritz, Germany 8 March 1944

MACR 3192

Died 8 March 1944
Buried Moritz, Germany 8 March 1944

communal cemetery


Plot B, Row 28, Grave 23


Date Contributor Update
11 May 2020 15:00:36 Andycole0 Changes to awards and events

American Battle Monument's Commission
Find a Grave.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2016 21:31:11 keatinglyn Changes to events, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

Missing Planes of the 452nd Bomb Group, 3rd edition, Edward Hinrichs

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:41 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC, MACR 3192, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3192 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database