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Robert L Mains

Military

Mains was killed in action (KIA) while flying B-24 Liberator #44-50838 on 4 April 1945. He was taking part in a mission to attack German bases at Parchim, Perleberg and Wesendorf, when his aircraft encountered enemy fighters over Hamburg.

Mains' aircraft exploded as a result of the attack. One of the members of Mains' crew survived and was able to identify 8 of the 9 fallen airmen, with the exception of Mains.

In 1997 the POW MIA accounting agency investigated the location of the crash site of Mains' aircraft. In 2014 and 2015 they carried out excavations which uncovered bone fragments which were positively identified as belonging to Mains as a result of DNA analysis. Mains' remains were returned to his family in 2017.

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • George Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Observer / Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Harry Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Charles Cupp

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13730 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Allan Lake

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH

  • Frank Merkovich

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Antonio Munoz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Robert Mains crew. ETD Awards: AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Stuart Van Deventer

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Anthony Villari

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

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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. ...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 714th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-50838 'Red Bow'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf with Robert Mains crew 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg 1 x POW, 9 x KIA MACR 13730 Only one of the crew, Charles Cupp, survived.

Missions

Associated Place

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Rochester, NY 9 October 1917

Son of William J and Delia Z [La Salle] Mains.

Enlisted New York City, NY 15 April 1942

New York City, New York.

Died Near Ludwigslust, Germany 4 April 1945
Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Netherlands American Cemetery
Magratten, Netherlands

Buried Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Rochester, Monroe County, NY 1948

Memorialised
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Rochester,
Monroe County, NY

Buried Calverton National Cemetery Calverton, Suffolk County, NY 2017 – 2017

Interred
Calverton National Cemetery
Calverton,
Suffolk County, NY

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 21:24:33 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310770633
https://www.fold3.com/record/529876799-robert-l-mains
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56301289/robert-l-mains
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/185579292/robert-l-mains
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/72326771/robert-l_-mains

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 11:27:13 Emily Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

POW MIA Accounting

ABMC

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13730

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