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Robert Leroy Gilbert

Military

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF as crew chief. Flew as B-17 passenger on 'Frantic' mission to service the escorting 4th FG Mustangs. B-17 42-38202 'BTO in the ETO' shot down by fighters [crashed near Swory] on 21-Jun-44 bailed out and evaded (EVD) capture with help from polish partisans.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME (6 battle stars), Good Conduct.

Service

Units served with

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

Aircraft

  • 42-38202 BTO in the ETO

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/1/44; Gr Island 21/1/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG Deopham Green 10/2/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 21/6/44 with Lou Hernandez, Pilot, - enemy aircraft KOd #2 and #3, crashed Swory, near Biala, Podlaska, Pol. Missing Air Crew Report...

  • 44-13303

    P-51 Mustang
    One-time personal aircraft of Major James A Goodson. Shot down by ground fire on 20 June 1944 - Goodson bailed out and became a POW.

  • 42-7959

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Capt James A Goodson. ...

  • 43-7059

    P-51 Mustang
    Lost 4 June 44 - Lt. Robert L Kakerback KIFA. Castle Camps/ 3mi E.

  • 43-24848 'Flying Dutchman'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Robert L Gilbert Crew Chief assigned.

  • 44-13300

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of James A 'Goody' Goodson.

Missions

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Saginaw, MI, USA 14 October 1921

Son of Roy and Nellie A [Shimel] Gilbert.

Enlisted Detroit, MI, USA 3 March 1942

Detroit, Michigan

Based Debden February 1943 – 2 September 1944

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Evaded Poland 21 June 1944 – 17 August 1944

Evaded (EVD) capture with help from polish partisans.

Baled out 21-536 Swory, Poland 21 June 1944

Flew as B-17 passenger on 'Frantic' mission to service the escorting 4th FG Mustangs. B-17 42-38202 'BTO in the ETO' shot down by fighters [ crashed near Swory ] on 21-Jun-44 baled out and evaded (EVD).

Died Saginaw, MI, USA 27 October 2000
Buried November 2000

Cremated, Location unknown.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2021 10:33:03 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2021 20:13:35 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 18:13:22 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and unit associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/177469031

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2020 04:33:31 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2017 13:28:01 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_gi...
https://www.fold3.com/image/28730898
https://www.fold3.com/page/84371879_robert_l%20gilbert/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=177469031

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10282 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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