The crew of B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number42-31322 ) nicknamed "Mi Amigo" of the 305th Bomb Group. Photo taken Pendleton Field, Oregon, 06.10.43; crew assigned MI-AMIGO 29.01.44
Robert Mayfield, Vito Ambrosio, Harry Estabrooks, Malcolm Williams, Charles Tuttle, Maurice Robbins
John Kriegshauser, Lyle Curtis, Melchor Hernandez, John Humphrey.
B-17G 'Mi-Amigo' (42-31322) - crew. This picture was taken at Seattle Sept 1943 after completing training.
Back row from left:
Harry Estabrooks (flight engineer);
Maurice Robbins (rear gunner); Bob Mayfield (radio operator);
Vito Ambrosio (waist gunner);Charles Tuttle (ball turret gunner);
Malcolm Williams (waist-gunner).
Mel Hernandez (bombardier);
John Humphreys (navigator);
Lyle Curtis (co-pilot) with crew mascot Peanuts - who remained in the USA with his wife Erma;
John Kreigshauser (pilot).
Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Mortally wounded in E/A attack. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190. Credited with shooting down two enemy aircraft previously, and the Me109 that badly damaged 'Mi Amigo' on this mission. His brother was a radio operator with the 305th and survived the war.
Awards: AM(OLC), PH (OLC).
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on the return from a mission to Aalborg airfield, Denmark on 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo' which had been badly damaged by...
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Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
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B-17 Flying Fortress
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22 February 1944
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||5 September 1923
Son of Davis D Robbins.
Worked pre-war as a store clerk.
||San Antonio, TX
||7 November 1942
Brother Ray also served with 305BG as Radio Technician.
||1 November 1943 – 22 February 1944
Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF.
||Endcliffe Park, Sheffield
||22 February 1944
Battle damaged on Aalborg, Denmark mission; attempted force landing Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. Killed in Action. MACR 15190
||24 February 1944
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot B Row 5 Grave 59