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Robert M Pacholski


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

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 7th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38280 Missbehavin Raven

    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...

Associated Place

  • Mendlesham

    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.


Event Location Date
Born 15 May 1922


Date Contributor Update
27 March 2020 02:47:24 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 14:14:26 Lucy May Changes to surname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Correspondence with Robert C Pacholski's daughter-in-law, Jeanette.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:55 AAM AAM ingest

1996 34th BG Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia