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Robert Stanley Griffin

Military

Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged Griffin to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group.

The aircraft was spotted flying low by residents of Reigate before it crashed at Coley Hill, after colliding with some trees. The entire crew were killed in the accident.

Service

People

  • Herbert Geller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Thomas Hickey

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • William Irons

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Donald Jeffrey

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Robert Manbeck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Robert Marshall

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer, Top Turret gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Phillip Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Phillips was killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Royal Runyon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38630

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/8/44; Hunter 17/9/44; Grenier 27/8/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-G] Grafton Underwood 7/10/44; Salvaged 13/6/45.(22/3/45?)

  • 43-38752 Little Cinder

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 30/9/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-O] Grafton Underwood 16/10/44; transferred with group to Istres for mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45. LITTLE CINDER.

  • 43-38757 Peaslee's Payoff

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 30/9/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-L] Grafton Underwood 6/10/44; crash landed Troston AD, Sfk, UK with Wallace Davidson 8/5/45, repaired; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; 4136 BU...

  • 43-39035

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 11/11/44; Dow Fd 3/12/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-F] Grafton Underwood 1/1/45; battle damaged Plauen, Ger 19/3/45 with Bob Griffin, crashed Reigate, Sry, UK; 9 KIA; Salvaged. ...

  • 44-6514 Danny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 25/8/44; Grenier 17/9/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-Q] Grafton Underwood 21/9/44; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45.DANNY.

Missions

  • 8AF 830

    14 February 1945

  • 832

    15 February 1945

  • 835

    19 February 1945
    1,100 Heavies Hit Nazi Rails ...

  • 836

    20 February 1945
    "Continuing their offensive against the Nazi communications, 900 Fortresses of the 8th Air Force, attacking in two giant waves, thundered over Nuremberg yesterday to shower the cities huge railway yards and locomotive repair shops with more than 11,000...

  • 839

    21 February 1945

  • 841

    22 February 1945

  • 843

    23 February 1945

  • 845

    24 February 1945

  • 851

    27 February 1945

  • 854

    28 February 1945

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 16 June 1920
Died Colley Hill 19 March 1945

While flying a battle damaged B-17G (43-39035) on the return home on a cloud-covered day, Robert crash landed his plane on Colley Hill near Reigate, south of London. Unfortunately, his aircraft was destroyed and his entire crew (8 additional men) were all killed.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2018 09:21:56 Emily Changes to biography, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=1459

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2018 20:31:01 KNS_MightyEighth Changes to media associations
Sources

Wings Museum Web Site

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 22:42:26 KNS_MightyEighth Changes to place associations
Sources

384th BG Website and Mighty 8th archives

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 21:58:49 KNS_MightyEighth Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, events, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

This information has been collected from the 384th BG website, archives from the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth; including an oral history from Paula Griffin, Robert S Griffin's late wife.

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 11:34:09 Lucy May Changes to events and unit associations
Sources

Combined two entries into a single entry. Now contains information from the following sources:
AAIR 45-03-19-521 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15404 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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