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Robert Rufus Bosworth


Assigned to 78FS, 82FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 1 x kill and 5 x destroyed (ground). Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Sioux Falls, SD 16 September 1922

Son of Ates W and Annabella Bosworth.

Lived in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, IA 1941
Enlisted Des Moines, IA, USA 6 August 1942

Des Moines, Iowa

Based Duxford 7 June 1944 – 19 November 1944

Assigned to 78FS, 82FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 1 September 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed Germany 7 October 1944

Me109 destroyed 7-Oct-44, Germany.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 19 November 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Marietta, GA, USA 2 June 2003


Date Contributor Update
24 November 2020 19:47:41 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2017 11:53:29 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / EAGLES OF DUXFORD, The 78th Fighter Group in WW2 by Fry, p132 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list