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Robert Hamilton Willis, Jr. Chief Pilot, with Co-pilot Jeff Burnett



  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 848th Bomb Squadron


  • James Burnett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Member of Willis crew

  • Robert Willis

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    At 12,000 feet, they were losing 400 feet a minute. With his “Flying Fortress” so badly damaged it could scarcely reach the speed of a fast car, Willis and his co-pilot took turns nursing the aptly-dubbed Heavy plane home using only one engine. ...


Date Contributor Update
25 February 2019 10:40:43 DWillis Created entry with collection and caption

From personal archives of Robert H. Willis