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Robert T Sand


Robert Sand was responsible for the maintenance and repair of fighter aircraft. As a specialist in propeller mechanics, Sand performed a crucial role in ensuring that the engine was running correctly. He felt personally accountable for the safe return of the aircraft he worked on, saying he 'could not rest easy until every ship was off safely, and had returned safely. And when any ship was lost unaccountably, there remained a little nagging question.'

Armed with his camera, Sand made a photographic record of the sights and antics on base. He was also a keen artist, and painted the nose art on several famous fighter aircraft. On his retirement in 1991, he painted one final piece of nose art- on his wife's wheelbarrow.

SSgt 38th FS 55th FG 1942-45.
From Bellingham, WA


Units served with

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born Portland, Oregon 9 November 1914
Died 5 February 2003


Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 13:31:59 Emily Changes to biography

IWM, Somewhere in England, p 127

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2017 23:07:21 fugari Changes to biography and awards

JCook Photo Collection and Archives

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2015 15:26:04 Emily Changes to nickname

Unit Roster

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30 March 2015 09:57:28 rossingtonj Changes to media associations

Media assoiations

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27 September 2014 18:24:12 AAM AAM ingest

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