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Robert Wade Biesecker

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Assigned to 571BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Augsburg in B-17 42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' 18-Mar-44; attacked by six Me109's, exploded and crashed Sth of Lahr/Schwarzwald, Germany after only three men baled out. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3182

Awards: AM (3OLC), EAME (2 x Battle Stars), PH.

Service

People

  • Theodore Aycock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Floyd Breedlove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Scrappy Dog

    Military | Mascot | 390th Bomb Group
    Scrappy was presented to the crew while training in U.S. and accompanied the boys on their transatlantic flight to England.

  • Michael Farowich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Houck

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Joe Monkey

    Military | Mascot | 390th Bomb Group

  • Irving Nordendahl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Peter Repka

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G 42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked head on by three ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men bailed out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Dominick Robbe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 61. B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Rooks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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. ...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31027 Miss Lace, Pinky III, Honey Chili

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/9/43; Gr Isle 3/10/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-R] Framlingham 7/10/43 MISS LACE, then PINKY III; to HONEY CHILE; transferred RAF [SR387]; 214 Sq BU-G Sculthorpe, Nfk. 21/1/44; No1699 FLT [4Z-Z]; Written off 13/11/46.

  • 42-37925 Rick-O-Shay III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-M] Framlingham 16/11/43; Missing in Action Munich 18/3/44 with Bob Biesecker, Co-pilot: Floyd Breedlove, Navigator: Irving Nordendahl, Bombardier: Theo Aycock, Flight engineer/top...

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Highpoint, North Carolina, USA 28 November 1918

Son of Robert H and Minnie Lutz [Shoaf] Conrad.

Enlisted Winston-Salem, NC 31 March 1942

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Based Framlingham 1944 – 18 March 1944

Assigned to 571BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Lahr, Germany 18 March 1944
Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
Saint Avold, France
Plot G-19-5

Buried Lexington City Cemetery Lexington, Davidson County, NC 1948

Memorialised
Lexington City Cemetery
Lexington, Davidson County, North Carolina

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 September 2021 17:12:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/37108629
https://www.fold3.com/image/150250213
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763663
https://www.fold3.com/record/84024193/robert-w-biesecker-wwii-army-enlis...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529887635/robert-w-biesecker-american-battl...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15166805/robert-wade-biesecker
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56651860/robert-wade-biesecker

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 3182 / MACR 3182, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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