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Robert Walter Evans Jr

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 5 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-17 42-97890 'Lil Satan'. A/C hit in nose by direct flak hit. Partially deafened by blast, baled out on 'prepare to bale' order. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6738.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Karl Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97890 'Queen of Hearts' "L'il Satan"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 29/5/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-U] Kimbolton 12/6/44 LIL SATAN; returning from Toulouse flak hit blew off nose 25/6/44 with Karl Becker; Navigator: Bob Evans, Bombardier: Arthur Maataa (2 Killed in...

Missions

  • 142

    25 June 1944
    From his mission list for the 385th/548th, this is mission #142. The target says "French Supply." He was on Peterson's Crew.

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Alabama, USA 19 June 1921

Son of Robert W Evans Snr.

Lived in Birmingham, Alabama 1942
Enlisted Birmingham, AL 12 June 1942

Birmingham, Alabama

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 25 June 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 60000 Beauvais, France 25 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan'. A/C hit in nose by direct flak hit. Partially deafened by blast, baled out on 'prepare to bale' order. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6738.

Buried Illois, France 26 June 1944

Interred
Illois cemetery

Buried Elmwood Cemetery Birmingham Jefferson County AL 1948

Re-Interred
Elmwood Cemetery
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 18:33:05 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/151485093/robert-walter-evans

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 17:19:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2019 18:42:25 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/605502096
https://www.fold3.com/image/319075003
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763942?rec=299493864
https://www.fold3.com/record/84031135-robert-w-evans-jr
https://www.fold3.com/image/29100248/?terms=Arthur%20Maatta
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763942/?terms=Robert%20W%20Evans
http://8thairforce.com/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=151485093

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2017 18:14:06 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29100248/?terms=Arthur%20Maatta
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763942/?terms=Robert%20W%20Evans
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=151485093

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces vol 3 pg 661; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 311

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