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Robert T Harris

Military

Robert T. Harris was a B-26 Marauder pilot in WWII. He served with the 386th "Crusaders" Bomb Group in the 553rd Bomb Squadron. He flew missions out of Boxted, Great Dunmow, and Great Saling (Andrews Field) in England until his group moved to Beaumont Sur-Oise (AAF-60) in France after the invasion. He was shot down over Germany on his 58th mission, was captured and spent the last seven months of the war as a POW at Stalag luft 1 near Barth, Germany.

Service

Units served with

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

  • 553rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

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...

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Great Dunmow

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield, two miles north-west of Great Dunmow, was built in 1942-1943 by the US Army's 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), alongside British contractors. B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group moved in in September 1943, and in October the Group...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Beaumont Sur Oise

    Military site : airfield

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2017 11:55:35 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Information given in user profile of Robert Harris' son, Theodore: https://www.americanairmuseum.com/user/31168

http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=73069

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