Taber, Robin Everett

Individual Personnel Data
Name Taber, Robin Everett   
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-663429   
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per 547th Bomb Squadron unit history, effective 27 January 1943.
  • Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #49, effective 15 July 1943.
Duty Navigator
MOS1034 - Navigator
Last Duty Date 12 August 1943
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
Additional Information
  • Promoted to First Lieutenant on 20 March 1943 per 547th Bomb Squadron Unit History.
  • As a POW, he was transferred to a hospital in Poland, due to some severe mental or physical problems that he experienced at Stalag Luft III, and was subsequetly repatriated on the Swedish vessel Gripsholm in June or July of 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 287 (21.188 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
The first combat crew assigned to the squadron.
1st Lt. Smith, James WilliamPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Keck, George BCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Taber, Robin EverettNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Meyers, Francis Joseph, JrBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Reichwein, John JosephRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Buckley, Robert HEngineer / Top Turret GunnerKIA
SGT. Jones, Lynn TiltonBall Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Igou, William FredTail GunnerPOW
SGT. MacArthur, Stanley WilliamFlexible GunnerPOW
PFC. Pratt, David AllanFlexible GunnerPOW

Crew History

The James W Smith Crew was the first one to be assigned to the 547th BS of the 384th BG at Wendover - becoming its "Model Crew" and "Crew 71" (crew #1 of the 547th) - on 27 January 1943, joining Pratt who had arrived the day prior.

Co-pilot Keck was later given his own crew, #77, and was replaced by Robert B Kilmer, Jr., a pilot who had arrived with a new crew on 11 March 1943.

The Smith Crew, less Kilmer, Taber, and Igou, were shot down on its second mission, and Buckley was KIA. All the remainder were POW - which later was the fate of the remaining member of the crew who did not fly that mission.

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 6 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
4 28 June 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Navigator 42‑3230 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
7 10 July 1943 Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
Navigator 42‑3231 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
10 25 July 1943 Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard
Type: Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Navigator 42‑30139 Combat Mission Credit
Group Lead.
Sortie Report
11 28 July 1943 Target: Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Navigator 42‑3231 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
12 29 July 1943 Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
Navigator 42‑3216 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
14 12 August 1943 Target: Synthetic Fuel Hydrogenation Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Navigator 42‑3231 Combat Mission Credit
Damaged by enemy aircraft, crashed [SE of] Liblar, Germany. MACR 287
Sortie Report

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