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Robert A Foster

Military

Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Bremen in B-17 42-29574 'Sky Wolf II'; Shot down by Fw190's, turned over and crashed at Fiebing, 10 miles south of Aurich, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). 17-Apr-43. MACR 6574

Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Paul Casey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in B-17 42-29981 Plane ditched in North Sea. All crew rescued. 26-Jul-43. RTD Pilot of B-17 42-5801, lost on the Bochum mission, 12-Aug-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Nicholas Stoffel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by FW 190's 17 April 1943. B-17 #4229574 'Sky Wolf II' turned over and crashed at Fiebing, 10 miles south of Aurich, Germany while on a mission to Bremen. This was a 92nd BG crew flying with the 91st Prisoner of War ...

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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. ...

  • 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...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29574 The Sky Wolf II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/43; Salina 12/1/43; Homestead 4/2/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bassingbourn 25/2/43; Missing in Action 8m Bremen 17/4/43 with Nick Stoffel (+ 92BG crew), Co-pilot: Capt Bob Foster, Navigator: John Segrest, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Peoria, Illinois 18 March 1918

Allan Adam and Laura Jesslyn [MacNaughton] Foster.

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 17 April 1943

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

Baled out POW Fiebing, Germany 17 April 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Bremen in B-17 42-29574 'Sky Wolf II'; Shot down by Fw190's, turned over and crashed at Fiebing, 10 miles south of Aurich, Germany. POW. 17-Apr-43. MACR 6574

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 17 April 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III. Moved to work camp 49-11.

Died Tampa, FL 19 December 1996
Buried Myrtle Hill Memorial Park Tampa, FL 23 December 1996

Myrtle Hill Memorial Park
Tampa,
Hillsborough County, FL

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2019 20:24:31 Al_Skiff Changes to events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28993438
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/190629779/robert-allan-foster

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2019 20:10:55 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28993438
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/190629779/robert-allan-foster

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6574, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 p. 105 by Bishop and Hey, The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingborn p. 38 by Havelaar, NARA

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