He flew on Arthur Crapsey crew. Reported to group on 19 Nov 1943. Completed 32 missions from Oct 1943-Sept 1944. He was injured on his second mission to Osnabruck, 22 Dec. 1943. He returned to active duty in April 1944 as a spare crewmember.
AM 3/OLC; DFC; PH; 3 Battle Stars;
Martin went on to study Russian history gaining a doctorate. He researched the career of Lt. General Frank Armstrong who commanded the 306th for just six weeks in 1943.
Units served with
Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Long Beach 28/8/43; Scott 8/10/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-K]Thurleigh 13/10/43; Missing in Action Erding 24/4/44 with John Coughlin, Co-pilot: Allan Johnson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Madison Beasley, Ball turret gunner: Tom Flores...
11 December 1943
This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...
22 December 1943
This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...
22 May 1944
From diary of Lt. David W. Leblanc: "Was up at four for a mission to Kiel, Germany. I went as first pilot and Rocky as my co-pilot. Every thing went along swell except at target. Flack was moderate but extremely accurate. Two ships in the lead squadron...
31 May 1944
Bombed the marshaling yards. Heavy flak but no hits.
6 June 1944
D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.
11 June 1944
Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.
12 June 1944
Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.
14 June 1944
Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.
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