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Robert Edmond Stockwell


Robert Edmond Stockwell was born in Nevada July 26, 1917 and grew up in Indianapolis. He was married with one daughter. In civilian life he was employed by Switzer-Cummins.
He enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in March 1942 and trained as a pilot. He joined the 671st Bomb Squadron in 1943 as a 1st Lieutenant and was assigned with his unit to overseas duty in January, 1944.

After arrival overseas Lieutenant Stockwell was made Flight Leader, and piloted an A-20 Light Bomber. He was shot down May 12, 1944, while over France, being on his twenty third mission.



  • Joseph Czech

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

  • Hollis Foster

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

Units served with


  • 43-9390

    A-20 Havoc
    Shot down by AA fire north of Abbeville on mission to Frévent, France on 8 August 1944. Pilot 1Lt Norman V. Shainberg and both gunners POW. MACR 7799

  • 43-9707

    A-20 Havoc

  • 43-10129

    A-20 Havoc
    Hit by flak on a mission over Beauvoir, France 5/12/1944

  • 43-9225

    A-20 Havoc

  • 43-9711 Moanin' Gus

    A-20 Havoc

Associated Place

  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...


Event Location Date
Born Goldfield, Nevada 26 July 1917
Lived in Indianapolis, Indiana 16 October 1940

229 South Christian Street

Worked for Schwitzer Cummins

Enlisted Lafayette, Indiana 31 March 1942
Died Beauvoir, France 12 May 1944

The afternoon mission on 12 May 44, the 46th for the 416th Bomb Group was to a Noball site at Beauvoir, France. On the bomb run, Lt. Stockwell's aircraft received a direct hit in the open bomb bay, just after release of their bombs, causing an explosion within the aircraft. Ssgt Rust was the tunnel gunner and able to exit through the ventral opening. Lt. Jedinak, the Bombardier/Navigator, after much difficulty, was able to clear the aircraft through his escape hatch. Lt. Stockwell and Ssgt Foster went down with the aircraft. This sensational photo was widely published at the time and since.

Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery 9 January 1952

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
SECTION 84 SITE 387-391


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