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Edgar W Roberts

Military

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 51251

Award: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Stanley Olson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. 24 x combat missions. ...

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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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt with Olson crew; attacked by 5 Me-109's, bomb bay and one engine ablaze, A/C peeled off while still being pursued. After all the crew...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born San Jose, California

Son of Margaret H Roberts.

Based Shipdham 1943 – August 1943

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Benina August 1943 – 1 October 1943

Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa.

Baled out POW Weiner Neustadt, Austria 1 October 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 POW MACR 51251

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Bavaria 1 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag VIIa.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2020 21:00:42 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p. 136-138, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 299 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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