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Robert Leroy Sprout

Military

Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Archie Brazer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Reg Hammond crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jacob Buikema

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

  • John Duffy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

  • William Dutton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Reginald Hammond

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), PH.

  • Daniel Minkon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Leonard Nitti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. Sole survivor from crash. 5-May-45. Returned to Duty (RTD) Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Roach

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier/ Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Reg Hammond crew. Wounded in action on 28-Mar-45 in B-17 43-38574 'Russian Lullaby', but continued with his crew to the target and completed the bomb run despite his head wound. ETD ...

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38574 RUSSIAN LULLABY

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/8/44; Hunter 27/8/44; Grenier 8/9/44; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-P] Podington 24/9/44; transferred 326/92BG; [JW-P] damaged in taxi accident with Robert O Divver 7/6/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/5/46. RUSSIAN LULLABY.

  • 44-8436 Fort Worth Jail House

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    On May 5th 1945, just three days before the end of World War II, seven young men climbed into a B-17 from 326th Squadron and took off from RAF Podington. 1st Lt Reginald Hammond, 1st Lt Robert Sprout, 2nd Lt William J Dutton, T/Sgt Jacob Buikema, S/Sgt...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Siddown Hill

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born Palo Alto County, IA 30 October 1923

Son of Leroy and Edith Jean [Thompson] Sprout.

Lived in Iowa, USA 1941
Enlisted Des Moines, IA 5 December 1942
Based Podington 1944 – 5 May 1945

Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Sidown Hill, Hampshire 5 May 1945

Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried 6 May 1945

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot B Row 1 Grave 45

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2020 18:13:40 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/310952198
https://www.fold3.com/record/529903334-robert-l-sprout
http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=32059
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56294590/robert-leroy-sprout

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2020 14:05:15 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952198
https://www.fold3.com/record/529903334-robert-l-sprout
http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=32059
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56294590/robert-leroy-sprout

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2020 13:28:24 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952198
https://www.fold3.com/record/529903334-robert-l-sprout
http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=32059
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56294590/robert-leroy-sprout

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2020 05:33:58 RandySprout Changes to awards
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Randy Sprout

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2018 13:10:30 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/529903334-robert-l-sprout
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952198?terms=Robert%20L%20Sprout
https://www.fold3.com/record/84672387-robert-l-sprout
https://www.fold3.com/image/178489762?terms=Robert%20L%20Sprout
https://www.ladycarnarvon.com/airmen/1st-lt-robert-l-sprout-usaf/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56294590/robert-leroy-sprout

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2018 10:11:17 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/529903334-robert-l-sprout
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952198?terms=Robert%20L%20Sprout
https://www.fold3.com/record/84672387-robert-l-sprout
https://www.fold3.com/image/178489762?terms=Robert%20L%20Sprout
https://www.ladycarnarvon.com/airmen/1st-lt-robert-l-sprout-usaf/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56294590/robert-leroy-sprout

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