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Robert Lee Hudson

Military

Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31786 'Gin Ricky' 8-May-44; hit by enemy aircraft KO'd #3 engine, crashed Worphausen, 9 miles NE of Bremen. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4563

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME

Service

People

  • Andrew Drobysh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31786 'Gin Ricky' 8-May-44; hit by enemy aircraft KO'd #3 engine, crashed Worphausen, 9 miles NE of Bremen. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4563 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31786 Jeanne Ricky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/12/43; Gt Falls 20/12/43; Kearney 1/1/44; Grenier 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-L] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Andy Drobysh, Co-pilot: Harry Gousha, Navigator: Clem Irons, Bombardier: Bob Hudson,...

Missions

  • 344

    8 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fort Thomas, KY 13 September 1921

Son of Carl Hudson.

Lived in Augusta, KY 1942
Based Great Ashfield 1944 – 8 May 1944

Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Worphausen, Germany 8 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31786 'Gin Ricky' 8-May-44; hit by enemy aircraft KO'd #3 engine, crashed Worphausen, 9 miles NE of Bremen. POW MACR 4563

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

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2019 19:21:37 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4563 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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