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Robert Patrick Deering

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Pilot, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on a mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. Aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried by the Germans in the Ottbergen Cemetery. Reinterred in the Netherlands AMC.
Denver , CO

Service

People

  • David Barer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator. Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. Lt Barer could not bail out due to a stuck escape hatch and the aircraft exploded....

  • Joseph Cochran

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533d BS, 8th AF. Transferred to 911 Armorer.

  • Paul Crabtree

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. Lt Crabtree was blown free of the aircraft as it exploded. Prisoner of War at...

  • Vincent Garrity

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Started on the crew as a Private. Made Sergeant on 8 November 1943. Reduced to Private on 1 January 1944.

  • Wardell Horne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried by the Germans in the...

  • Floyd Husvar

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Deering crew. Not an original crew member. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission#62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally...

  • Lloyd Jackson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Deering crew. Not an original member. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried...

  • Andrew Richards

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried by the Germans...

  • Loren Sanford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried in the...

  • Wallace Scott

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried by the Germans in the...

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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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31047 Little Duchess, Wolverine

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/9/43; Scott 28/9/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG Ridgewell 20/10/43; Missing in Action 19m Brunswick 30/1/44 with Bob Deering, Navigator: Dave Barer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wardell Horne, Radio Operator: Andy Richards, Ball...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Denver, Colorado, USA
Based 5 November 1943 – 30 January 1944
Killed in Action Germany 30 January 1944
Buried Ottbergen, 37671 Höxter, Germany 31 January 1944
Buried

Plot D
Row 10
Grave 11

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2018 19:06:47 ARowe95 Changes to biography
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2018 03:55:56 ARowe95 Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 2243, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2243 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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