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Robert Donald Fox

Military

Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed into Baltic on 7/18/44 in B-24 Spare Parts #4129350

POW

Service

People

  • Pete Giughello

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed into English Channel on 7/18/44 in B-24 Spare Parts #4129350 POW

  • Peter Igoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Igoe was killed in action on 18 July 1944, during a tactical mission to support the Normandy Invasion. His aircraft B-24 'Spare Parts' #41-29350 was hit by flak and crashed into the English Channel near Granville. Members of the crew reported he was in...

  • Edward Kaspshak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Hit by flak and crashed into Baltic in B-24 Spare Parts #4129350

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-29350 Spare Parts

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 41-29350 was lost on 18 July 18 1944 over France. The aircraft took a direct hit by flak in the bomb bay while leaving the target, severing the control cables and forcing the pilots to attempt to ditch in the Channel off the coast of France. Four...

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Marquette, NE 68854, USA 16 March 1924
Shot Down/Captured Mont Saint-Michel, France 18 July 1944
Died Topeka, KS, USA 11 June 2008

Son of George B. & Edith (Opdahl) Fox.
Married to Marjorie Ann Blacketer on 10-19-1947 at Grand Island, NE.
He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps during WW II, and served as a gunner and flight engineer on a B-24 Bomber during World War II. He was stationed at Attlebridge, England. On his 20th mission his plane was shot down; he was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans. He later escaped the German prison with the aid of the French Underground and was returned to the American sector. Bob was awarded the Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart and the Prisoner of War Medal.
He worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in the plant and commercial departments in Grand Island and Omaha, and was the local manager in North Platte for five years. He then transferred to Mountain Bell Telephone Company and held positions in Denver, Flagstaff, Arizona and Boulder. After 25 years, he left the telephone company to become a national sales representative for Storage Technology Corporation. In 1971, the family moved back to Grand island where Bob was associated with Houck Distribution Company for several years. He then became a partner in Desch-Paine Monument Company, and eventually the owner. Bob was a member of the National Ski Patrol, Quiet Birdmen, Monument Builders of North America, American Legion, American Ex-Prisoners of War, and Riverside Golf Club.

Buried Grand Island, NE, USA 14 June 2008

Grand Island Cemetery
Grand Island
Hall County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Section K, Lot 181

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2015 01:25:48 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8163 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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