Robert Pacholski was a navigator on B-24 #41-28851 'Near-Sighted Robin', 34th Bomb Group on the JC Smith crew. He was part of one of the original crews of the 34th Bomb Group, arriving in England in April 1944.
He celebrated his 95th birthday on 15 May 2017 and he and Smitty (JC Smith) still correspond on occasion. He has told us many stories of his days in Mendlesham and flying on the Robin and the Misbehaven Raven.
Units served with
After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 15/7/44; Kearney 26/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 4BS/34BG Mendlesham 12/8/44; mia ? with R. Martin, Co-pilot: Ferlich, Navigator: George Webster, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fleming, Radio Operator: Desjardines, Ball turret...
Military site : airfield
Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.
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