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Robert Emmett Keenan

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) - March 1, 1945 in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium of his B-17 Serial 43-38273 with 42-38035 of the same formation.
Awards: Air Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart

Service

People

  • Charles Abney

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Charles Abney was Top Turret Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. KIA

  • Thornton Audrain

    Military | Pilot

  • George Burger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    George Burger was Co-Pilot on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Harry Clabaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Harry Clabaugh was Aerial Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • James Hendon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    James Hendon was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Stanley Lejkowski

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Stanley Lejkowski was Waist Gunner on B-17G #42-38035 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #43-38273 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) He was the sole survivor of the crash and was cared for in a...

  • Alexander Rusecky

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Vincent Verderame

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Vincent Verderame was Radio Operator/Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Thomas Welch

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Thomas Welch was Tail Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

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Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38035 Mr. Lucky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21 November 1943. Kearney 7 December 1943. Presque Isle 12 December 1943. Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-B] Great Ashfield 16 December 1943. Mid-air collision on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany) with 43-38273. Had its tail cut off...

  • 42-5196

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/10/42; Assigned 332BS/94BG Pueblo with Arthur Allen who had taxi accident 13/1/43; Pyote 6/2/43; Tinker 10/8/43; with Larry Murchan force landed 20 miles W of Ardmore 2/12/43; with Osborn Stone force landed two miles N of base 21...

  • 43-38273 Sugar Jo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15 JUly 1944. Kearney 24 July 1944.Grenier 8 August 1944. Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-S] Gt Ashfield 13 August 1944. Mid-air collision on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) 8 killed : Pilot Alexander Rusecky; Co-Pilot George C....

Missions

  • 857

    1 March 1945

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2018 19:29:47 MAC1 Changes to biography
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records

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2018 19:33:45 mcahill Changes to aircraft associations
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Family Archive

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2018 19:22:32 mcahill Changes to media associations
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Family Archive

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2017 14:59:07 ED-BB Changes to biography and aircraft associations
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Connected to 43-38273

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2017 14:56:10 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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MACR 16036

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2017 20:44:59 MAC1 Changes to biography
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Death: Reno Evening Gazette, March 19, 1945, Page 9

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2017 20:07:21 MAC1 Changes to awards
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Purple Heart source: We have it in our possession

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2017 17:54:33 MAC1 Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, role, awards and aircraft associations
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Air Medal: "Reno Navigator Wins Air Medal" - Reno Evening Gazette, 7 Feb 1945, page 5
Oak Leaf Cluster: "Two Airmen Again Cited" - Reno Evening Gazette, 17 Feb 1945, pg 14
Oak Leaf Cluster: Copy of typed notice of award dated 14 Jan 1945
Death: War Department US Army Air Force Report of Aircraft Accident [with Statement of Witness]

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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