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Robert W Besse

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Robert Besse was Co-Pilot of B-17 #42-30810 of 96th Bomb Group / 338th Bomb Squadron. Shot down by fighters on 18 March 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany, in B-17F #42-30810. Crashed NE of Ditteshausen, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3422.

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People

  • Robert Blackburn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Robert Blackburn was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 #42-30810 of 96th Bomb Group / 338th Bomb Squadron. Shot down by fighters on 18 March 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany, in B-17F #42-30810. Crashed NE of Ditteshausen, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Robert Haase

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Robert Haase was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-30810 of 96th Bomb Group / 338th Bomb Squadron. Shot down by fighters on 18 March 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany, in B-17F #42-30810. Crashed NE of Ditteshausen, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air...

  • Leonard Hoefferle

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Leonard Hoefferle was Navigator on B-17 #42-30810 of 96th Bomb Group / 338th Bomb Squadron. Shot down by fighters on 18 March 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany, in B-17F #42-30810. Crashed NE of Ditteshausen, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air...

  • John McMillan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    John I. McMillan was a Top Turret Gunner in the 96th Bomb Group / 338th Bomb Squadron. Shot down on the Munich mission 18 March 1944 in B-17 #42-30810 - Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3422.

  • Robert Muirhead

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Robert Muirhead was Pilot of B-17 #42-30810 of 96th Bomb Group / 338th Bomb Squadron. Shot down by fighters on 18 March 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany, in B-17F #42-30810. Crashed NE of Ditteshausen, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew...

  • Jerry Peck

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NE of Ditteshausen, GR on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-30810. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Seal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Robert Seal was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-30810 of 96th Bomb Group / 338th Bomb Squadron. Shot down by fighters on 18 March 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany, in B-17F #42-30810. Crashed NE of Ditteshausen, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing...

  • Frank Spencer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Frank Spencer was Bombardier on B-17 #42-30810 of 96th Bomb Group / 338th Bomb Squadron. Shot down by fighters on 18 March 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany, in B-17F #42-30810. Crashed NE of Ditteshausen, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air...

  • Edgar Weislogel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Edgar Weislogel was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-30810 of 96th Bomb Group / 338th Bomb Squadron. Shot down by fighters on 18 March 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany, in B-17F #42-30810. Crashed NE of Ditteshausen, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW)....

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-30810

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/43; Gr Isle 11/8/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-Y] Snetterton 11/9/43; Missing in Action Munich 18/3/44 with Bob Muirhead, Co-pilot: Bob Besse, Navigator: Len Hoenferle, Bombardier: Frank Spencer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Illinois, United States 1917
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 18 March 1944 – 29 April 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan, Poland. Force-marched from there to Stalag 7A in Moosburg, Germany. Liberated by Gen. Patton's troops.

Died Tucson, Arizona, United States 27 April 1999

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2016 12:25:55 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

Corrected typos in Bio (POW)

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2016 12:21:56 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 3422
NARA WWII POW records

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 3422 / MACR 3422, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces; Snetterton Falcons, page 109 & 118 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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