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Robert H Edwards

Military

On his second mission when bomber shot down over Boulogne, France. Given FOD after year and a day.
Killed in Action (KIA) in B-26B 41-18058 [ER:S] 322BG/450BS while serving as a Photographer. The aircraft was hit by flak on mission to Boulogne, France. Engine damaged by hit, aircraft flipped over and crashed into the English Channel.

The 322nd was moved to the 9th AF Oct. 1943.

Purple Heart.

Service

Units served with

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-18058

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-4-MA 41-18058 [ER:S] was assigned to the 322BG/450BS at Andrews Field, UK. On 9-Sep-43 the aircraft was struck by flak over the target of the coastal defenses near Boulogne, France. The aircraft entered a spin, rolled on its back and crashed into...

Missions

  • VIII Air Support Command 55

    9 September 1943
    The coastal defenses along the French coast near Boulogne are the targets for 217 B-26s from: 322BG (54); 323BG (54); 386BG (55) and 387BG (54). These operational capacity of each of these Groups has been increased by 50%. 202 aircraft are effective on...

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Baltimore, Maryland 1921
Killed in action Strait of Dover 9 September 1943

Killed when aircraft was struck by flak and crashed into the English Channel near the target of Boulogne, France. His remains have never been recovered.

Buried 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Ardennes American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2016 14:26:41 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 279;
- Lee Cunningham 4-Jun-2015. (Added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15064; Made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited Summary biograpy adding call sign, unit association and crew position).

Further details from http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/american-war-cemetery-ar...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The 25th BG (Rcn) by Notmsn Malaney

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