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Robert George Bickford


Robert Bickford served as radio operator with the 546th Bomb Squadron of the 384th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Grafton Underwood, England.


Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107057 SPIRIT OF 96

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-T] Grafton Underwood 11/4/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Noel Plowman, Co-pilot: Larry Ferguson, Navigator: Ed Cheresnik, Bombardier: Carl Hart, Radio...

  • 42-107058 White Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Grenier 29/2/44; force landed Gr Island with Rich Buttorff 8/3/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD- ] Grafton Underwood 24/4/44; 546BS [BK-C]; detailed Hannover 5/8/44 with Frank Mead, Co-pilot: Tom Daniel, Navigator...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born New Jersey, USA 22 November 1917
Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 16 July 1944

Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 546th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #139 dated 16 July 1944, Edward G. LeDonne Crew. 17 combat missions.

Reclassified 19 November 1944

Reclassified from Military Occupation Specialty 757 to MOS 756 on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #228 dated 19 November 1944.

Died New Jersey, USA 24 April 2001

Hillcrest Memorial Park
Gloucester County
New Jersey, USA


Date Contributor Update
24 March 2017 17:46:45 Lucy May Changes to biography and aircraft associations

Correspondence with Robert G Bickford's daughter, Gayle (nee Bickford) Anderson.

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Date Contributor Update
21 May 2016 02:25:09 bombercommand Changes to events

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21 May 2016 02:14:31 bombercommand Changes to role and events

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21 May 2016 02:03:43 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, role, awards, events, place associations and media associations

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27 September 2014 18:23:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /