Sgt Robert L Doremus, 301BG
"Robert L Doremus of Henrietta, OK. 20 yr old waist gunner on the flying Fortress in which AP Correspondant Wes Gallagher witnessed a big raid on Tunis, goes into action against enemy fighters approaching the bomber. Gallagher took the picture."
His Gun Blazes in Raid Over Tunis
Calm, but with determined accuracy, waist-gunner Robert L. Doremus controls his blazing gun as he directs fire at enemy planes. This action took place when Flying Fortresses accompanied by the deadly P-38s bombed Tunis in one of the biggest air raids on the Tunisian front. Twenty-year-old Doremus of Henrietta, Okla., hero of the operation, kept his guns going all the time.
Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 8AF USAAF. Waist Gunner aboard B-17 41-24352 'Holey Joe', 1942-43. Retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant in the 1960's.
Awards: SS, AM (9OLC), GC, PH, Distinguished Unit Citation, Outstanding Unit Award (OLC), AF Commendation Medal (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4 Battle Stars), National Defense, American Campaign and Defence Medals.
Units served with
Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 352BS/301BG Chelveston 7/42; Tafaraoui 24/11/42; crash landed Mateur 9/5/43 40m with George Peabody; flak damage 6/11/43; Returned to the USA 22/10/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 31/10/45....
||30 March 1923
Son of W W Doremus.
||1943 – 1943
Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 8AF USAAF.
||Tacoma, WA, USA
||2 November 2007
||Haven of Rest Cemetery
Gig Harbor, Pierce County, WA,
||5 November 2007
Haven of Rest Cemetery
Pierce County, Washington