Thacker, Robert E

Individual Personnel Data
Name Thacker, Robert E, "Bob"
Rank Major / Colonel
Serial Number O-395296
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group Headquarters Detachment, per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #83 dated 3 May 1944
  • Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #91, effective 16 May 1944.
  • Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group Headquarters Detachment, per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #193, effective 30 September 1944.
Duty Operations Officer / Commander
Last Duty Date 15 April 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Detailed Assistant Group Operations Officer as his primary duty on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #83 dated 3 May 1944.
  • Promoted from Major to LT Colonel effective 8 July 1944; Headquarters Eighth Air Force Office of the Commanding General, Special Orders #182 dated 8 July 1944. (545th Morning Report)
  • Designated Commanding Officer of the 547th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #11 dated 25 August 1944.
Related Documents 2014 Oral History Interview
Remote Webpage'Robert E. Thacker' on Wikipedia
Photos of this Veteran signing the Wing PanelThacker Signing




Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 28 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
105 11 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102402 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Group Deputy.
Sortie Report
107 13 May 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Components Factory.
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Poznań, Poland
Commander 42‑102402 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy, 40th CBW.
Sortie Report
108 15 May 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Commander 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
109 19 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97263 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
111 21 May 1944 Target: NOBALL (Supergun Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Commander 42‑102449 Combat Mission Credit
Group A Lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
113 23 May 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Commander 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group Lead.
Sortie Report
115 25 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Sarreguemines and Blainville-sur-l'Eau, France
Commander 42‑102449 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group Lead.
Sortie Report
117 28 May 1944 Target: Junkers Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Commander 42‑97072 Combat Mission Credit
Group Lead. Aircraft experienced 'rack and AFCE problems' on initial bomb run, and was unable to drop bombs on the primary target. The air commander turned over the lead to his deputy for the (abortive) attack on the secondary target, and the actual attack on the TOO.
Sortie Report
126 5 June 1944 Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Commander 42‑97574 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Wing Lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
Sortie Report
132 10 June 1944 Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield (41A) & Vannes Airfield (41B)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes & Vannes, France
Commander 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Group Lead.
Sortie Report
134 13 June 1944 Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Commander 42‑102449 Combat Mission Credit
High Group Lead. Landed away at Polebrook, AAF Station 110, on return, due to bad weather.
Sortie Report
135 14 June 1944 Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Commander 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
41D Group, Group Lead. Lead Ground Spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97960.
Sortie Report
138 18 June 1944 Target: Ölwerke Julius Humbles
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Commander 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group Lead.
Sortie Report
155 11 July 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Commander 42‑97699 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
Sortie Report
162 20 July 1944 Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Commander 42‑97574 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Lead. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
Sortie Report
166 28 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Commander 42‑97574 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Commander 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
175 8 August 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
Commander 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Commander 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
197 21 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mainz, Germany
Commander 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
207 7 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Commander 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
214 19 October 1944 Target: Heinrich Lanz Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Commander 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship. Turned over lead to deputy at IP to attack using Gee-H.
Sortie Report
220 5 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Commander 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; group lead.
Sortie Report
228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Commander 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
A group lead; PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Commander 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF and Gee-H ship. Made the decision not to attack the primary target and led the Group to the PFF secondary. When the lead and high Squadrons were unable to complete the attack on the first run, led them on a second run that was successful.
Sortie Report
265 9 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Commander 44‑8649 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
301 31 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Commander 44‑8649 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
311 15 April 1945 Target: Flak guns at Pointe de Suzac
Type: Military
Location: Royan, France
Commander 44‑8221 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report

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