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Robert Danby Muir

Military

Robert Muir was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-29725 "Hi-Lo Jack", shot down over France on the 3 September 1943 mission to Romilly-Sur-Seine (Paris). Robert managed to evade capture with the help of many French citizens and members of the Résistance, including Belgians of the "Comète" evasion network. Hidden in various places in France, he was guided to the South and crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain on 24 October. He ended up in Gibraltar on 10 November and was flown from there on the 19th, arriving back in England on 20 November 1943. See the full story of his evasion at http://www.evasioncomete.be/fmuirrd.html

Service

People

  • Ralph Bruce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Bruce managed to evade capture with the help of the French Resistance. He was first hidden by Frenchman Lucian Barbillon, his wife and son Gabriel, in Lucian Barbillon's house in Trilbardou, France. Bruce...

  • Hedley Cassidy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • Mike Fleszar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • Regis McDonell

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Simeon McGuire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Simeon McGuire was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-29725, shot down 3 September 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Sabron McQueen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • David Prosser

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded. He arrived back in England 18 Dec 1943.

  • Milton Seldin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bertram Theiss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Bertram Theiss was Bombardier on board B-17 #42-29725, shot down 3 September 1943 over France. Evaded.

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29725 Hi-Lo Jack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Brookley 19/3/43; Smoky Hill 23/3/43; Dow Fd 18/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-G] Bassingbourn 10/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-U] Alconbury 30/7/43...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 14 July 1921

New York State

Lived in 1942

Rochester, Monroe County, New York

Enlisted 16 July 1942

Rochester, Monroe County, New York

Bailed out 3 September 1943

of B-17 "Hi-Lo Jack" 42-29725, over France

Landed in parachute 3 September 1943

near Saint-Supplets, NW of Meaux, France

Evaded capture 3 September 1943 – 19 November 1943

helped by French citizens and members of the Resistance, including Belgians, active in the Belgian evasion network "Comète"

Buried 2006

Robert Muir rests at the Webster Union Cemetery in Webster, Monroe County, New York

Died 18 May 2006

Webster, Monroe County, New York

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2021 08:08:20 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Updated website address of www.evasioncomete.be

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 12:41:27 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR
NARA WWII Enlistment records
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 217
Research for his page at www.evasioncomete.org

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 659 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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