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Robert Everett Spencer

Military

Robert Spencer was a Pilot in the 363rd Fighter Group/381st Fighter Squadron. He was flying P-51 Serial #42-102994 on the bomber support mission to Frankfurt on 22 March 1944. His Mustang was last seen between Ostend and Ghent, Belgium. The cause of the loss of his plane is unknown. It crashed near Sart-Saint-Laurent, 12km Southwest of Namur, Belgium. Robert's body was found near the wreckage, his skull fractured. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

Units served with

  • 363rd Fighter Group

    363rd Fighter Group

    Group
    Equipped with P-51s, the Group entered combat from England in February 1944, flying bomber escort and ground-strafing missions. They took part in the invasion of Normandy, protecting gliders and troop carriers on 6 and 7 June. In September 1944, now...

  • 381st Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102994

    P-51 Mustang
    Last seen between Ostend and Ghent, Belgium on the bomber support mission to Frankfurt, Germany, 20 March 1944. Pilot Robert E. Spencer's body was found near the crash location, near Sart-Saint-Laurent, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3076.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force FO 275 BOMBER ESCORT

    20 March 1944
    A force of 594 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to escort heavy bombers attacking at Frankfurt and Mannheim, Germany. Dispatch summary follows: ...

Associated Place

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Memphis, Tennessee, United States 18 October 1920
Lived in 1942

Memphis, Tennessee

Enlisted 27 April 1942

Memphis, Tennessee

Killed In Action Sart-Saint-Laurent, Belgium 20 March 1944

in the crash of his P-51 Mustang #42-102994. His body was found near the crash location, with a fractured skull

Buried 22 March 1944

at the Florennes airfield cemetery

Buried 1950

after the war, his remains were brought back to the United States. Robert Spencer rests at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2021 17:45:13 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

MACR 3076
German report KUJ-716 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/131494804

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2021 11:50:33 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 3076

Date Contributor Update
02 March 2016 10:44:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 3076

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3076 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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