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Robert P Steffen

Military

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to power station at Ijmuiden, Holland in B26 41-18086 'Draggin Lady'. Hit by flak on return ditched in North sea, co-pilot ejected from cockpit and sole survivor. Killed in Action (KIA). 17-May-43. MACR 15129.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Joseph Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to power station at Ijmuiden, Holland in B26 41-18086 'Draggin Lady'. Hit by flak on return ditched in North sea, co-pilot ejected from cockpit and sole survivor. Killed in Action ...

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-18086 'Draggin lady'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to Ijmuiden, Holland. Hit by flak on return ditched in North sea, co-pilot ejected from cockpit and sole survivor. 1 x POW, 5 x KIA. 17-May-43. MACR 15129.

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 Calumet County, WI, USA 1916

Son of Anton and Ida [Zuelke] Steffen.

Lived in Menasha, WI, USA 1941
Enlisted Milwaukee, WI, USA 17 April 1941
Based Andrews Field 1943 – 17 May 1943

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Haarlem, Netherlands 17 May 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) repeat raid to power station at Ijmuiden, Holland in B26 41-18086 'Draggin Lady'. Hit by flak on return ditched in North sea, co-pilot ejected from cockpit and sole survivor. Killed in Action (KIA). 17-May-43. MACR 15129.

Buried Bergen, Netherlands 14 June 1943

Interred
Bergen, Holland.
Washed ashore 13-Jun-43 Hargen.

Buried 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2017 12:36:14 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952145/?terms=Robert%20P%20Steffen
https://www.fold3.com/page/529854759_robert_p%20steffen/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/89545391_robert_p%20steffen/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/63598141
http://www.zzairwar.nl/dossiers/771.html
http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/fr/american-war-cemetery...
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56361067

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn 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. 126, MACR 15129, ABMC

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