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Robert Theodore Jacobson

Military

A college graduate from the North Western University, Robert 'Jake' Jacobson signed on with the Army Air Force before America entered the war. From October 1942 he flew 31 combat missions as bombardier in a B-24 'Hot Stuff' of the 93rd BG - one of the first airmen to complete a tour - when the plane was scheduled to fly back to the USA on 3rd May on a tour to promote the sale of War Bonds. By a quirk of fate Jacobson and the co-pilot 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 into a mountain in Iceland while attempting to land in bad weather, 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 took a Master's in hospital administration before being recalled to active duty to serve in USAF hospitals overseas. He retired from the Air Force in 1968 working in a hospital in Texas until his final retirement in 1983.

Service

People

  • James Gott

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. After completing their missions, the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-24 41-23728 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...

  • Robert Shannon

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    After completing their missions, the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-24 #41-23728 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 tailgunner. According to...

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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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23728 Hot Stuff

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff was the 1st heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force to complete 25 missions even though the B-17 Memphis Belle wears the label. Hot Stuff crashed into a mountain in bad weather on its way back to the United States to tour the...

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. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

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
Enlisted

Revisions

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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