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Robert Vernon Shuss

Military

Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bernburg in B-17 42-31612 22-Feb-44; shot down by flak, crew baled out and pilot made a wheels up landing near Aachen. Suffered chest wound from flak. Baled out. Died on ground from wounds. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2657

Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bernburg in B-17 42-31612 22-Feb-44; shot down by flak, crew baled out and pilot made a wheels up landing near Aachen. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2657 Awards: AM, GC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31612

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Mid Continental Airways Modification Center, Denver 28/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Syracuse 2/1/44; Presque Is 4/1/44; ...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

  • Stalag IX-C

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mahoffey, Pennsylvania, USA 1 June 1916

Son of Vernon I and Francis E Shuss.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 20 May 1941

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based Polebrook 1943 – 22 February 1944

Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Bad Sulza, Germany 22 February 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag IXc.

Discharged USAAF 14 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 11 July 1977

Killed in an auto accident with his sister M. Grace Shuss Price.

Buried Mahaffey Cemetery Mahaffey, Clearfield County, PA 14 July 1977

Mahaffey Cemetery
Mahaffey, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2021 11:15:15 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/544832795

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2021 11:01:12 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28615377
https://www.fold3.com/image/104169165
https://www.fold3.com/record/20558630/robert-shuss-social-security-death...
https://www.fold3.com/record/86750840/robert-v-shuss-wwii-army-enlistmen...
https://www.fold3.com/record/621928740/robert-shuss-1916-veterans-affair...
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/143841029
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/177797778/robert-v-shuss

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2657 / MACR 2657, Losses of teh 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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