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Robert P Montgomery

Military

Attacked by fighters on a bomber escort mission to Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany on 11 February 1944 in P-38J #42-68036. Pilot baled out and a/c crashed near Bry, 5 miles East of Valenciennes, France. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion report E&E 746.

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People

  • Harry Bisher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Abandoned A/C, which crashed near St Leger on 4-Mar-44 in P-38J 42-67923 Evaded (EVD). Along with Lt Colonel Robert P Montgomery returned to UK via Spain. Returned to unit Jun-44. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

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Units served with

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO 240 BOMBER ESCORT

    11 February 1944
    This fighter escort operation is conducted by two separate fighter elements in support of heavy bomber missions attacking at Siracourt, France and Frankfurt, Germany. ...

Associated Place

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 26 July 1916
Evaded France 11 February 1944 – 15 May 1944

Evaded capture with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. After landing near Bry, 5 miles East of Valenciennes, France, he was fed, clothed, sheltered and transported to various places in the country: Gommegnies, Sebourg, Valenciennes, Lille, Tourcoing. Led from there to Paris, he later left by train to Toulouse and ultimately crossed the Pyrénées mountains on foot, arriving in Spain at the beginning of May 1944. He reached Gibraltar on 12 May, left Gibraltar by air on the 14th and landed at Bristol, England on 15 May 1944.

Buried 1986

Robert Montgomery rests at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro, North Carolina

Died 21 May 1986
Lived in

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2020 18:36:31 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

Escape & Evasion report E&E 746.

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2020 14:33:48 ED-BB Changes to nickname, biography, events and mission associations
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MACR 2158

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2018 00:18:28 fugari Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, role, awards, place associations and media associations
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JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:00 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2158 / MACR 2158, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, King's Cliffe Memorial Edition / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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