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Robert Theodore Jacobson

Military

Lt. Robert 'Jake' Jacobson, was a college graduate from the North Western University. He signed on with the U.S. Army Air Force before America entered the war. From October 1942, he flew 31 combat missions as B-24 bombardier in the B-24D, Hot Stuff, in the 93rd Bomb Group. He was one of the first American airmen to complete a tour of duty. When Lt. Jacobson's plane was scheduled to fly back to the USA on 3 May, for a war bond tour, by a quirk of fate, Jacobson and his copilot were taken off the flight at the last moment, their places taken by Lt. General Frank Andrews and his staff ordered back to the USA by Gen. George Marshall for consultations. Hot Stuff, crashed catastrophically into a mountain in Iceland, attempting to land in bad weather, with only the tail gunner surviving.

Jacobson went on to fly another 14 missions, this time on a B-29 in the Pacific, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he earned a Master's Degree in hospital administration before being recalled to active duty to serve in USAAF hospitals overseas. He retired from the Air Force, as a Major, in 1968 working in a hospital in Texas until his final retirement in 1983.

Service

People

  • James Gott

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Captain James Gott was assigned as the navigator to the 330th Bomb Squadron, the , 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force. After completing their required combat missions, the crew of, Hot Stuff, the B-24D, 41-23728, were tasked with flying General...

  • Robert Shannon

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Capt. Robert Shannon and the the crew of the B-24D, 41-23728, Hot Stuff, was tasked with flying General Frank Andrews, commanding general of the USAAF in the ETO to the US. The plane crashed in Iceland, killing all but the tail gunner. Capt. Shannon...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23728 - Hot Stuff

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, Hot Stuff, was the 1st heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force (93rd Bomb Group, and 330th Bomb Squadron) to complete 25 missions, even though the B-17, Memphis Belle, wears the label of the first 50th mission B-24. Hot Stuff, crashed...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cedars, MS 1 November 1916

Son of Harry A and Jean [Gillan] Jacobson.

Lived in Austin, Texas 1942
Based October 1942 – May 1943

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Round Rock, TX 14 September 2010
Buried Austin Memorial Park Cemetery Austin, Travis County, TX 17 September 2010

Austin Memorial Park Cemetery
Austin,
Travis County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2022 15:57:27 Al_Skiff Changes to service number
Sources

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/139471758
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/101186715/robert-theodore-jacobson

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2022 21:16:03 Kickapoo Changes to service number, role and biography
Sources

Punctuation removed from around aircraft name for clarity, uniformity, and readability. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2021 08:30:04 Al_Skiff Changes to service number and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/101186715/robert-theodore-jacobson

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 12:58:57 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/658754341
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/101186715/robert-theodore-jacobson

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2020 14:32:33 Lux1 Changes to biography
Sources

James Lux
hotstuff.memorial@gmail.com

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2019 10:12:57 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and unit associations
Sources

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from correspondence files and articles related to the service of Robert T. Jacobson.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2019 21:10:19 jmoore43 Changes to role
Sources

Removed extra info from job title.

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2016 02:55:15 Lux1 Changes to place associations
Sources

Jim Lux at hotstuff.memorial@gmail.com

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2016 02:54:11 Lux1 Changes to role
Sources

Jim Lux at hotstuff.memorial@gmail.com

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2016 02:53:10 Lux1 Changes to nickname, highest rank and role
Sources

Jim Lux at hotstuff.memorial@gmail.com

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2016 02:52:12 Lux1 Changes to awards
Sources

Jim Lux at hotstuff.memorial@gmail.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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