Janson, Robert Matthew

Individual Personnel Data
Name Janson, Robert Matthew   
Rank Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-670745   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943, effective 11 March 1943.
Duty Navigator
MOS1034 - Navigator
Last Duty Date 25 June 1943
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 16349 (1.083 MB)
Lt. Robert M. Janson: A Greatest Generation Story (0.301 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
Flt. Ofcr. Hall, Ralph JacksonPilotPOW
Flt. Ofcr. House, Rodney WCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Janson, Robert MatthewNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Palazzo, Anthony (NMI)BombardierCT
S/SGT. Davis, Smith JamesRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Cocklin, Homer JEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Valcour, Albert RolandBall Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Parrish, James StanleyTail GunnerPOW
S/SGT. McNeal, Paul ErnestFlexible GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Smiley, Reamond CookFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 2 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
1 22 June 1943 Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Navigator 42‑30143 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
2 25 June 1943 Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Navigator 42‑30049 Combat Mission Credit
Failed To Return
After making two unsuccessful runs on the primary target, the crew headed for Emden as a likely target for their bomb load. The flak guns found them, inflicting serious damage and injuries - then they ran into fighters. A furious running battle ensued, with some crew members bailing out, and finally the aircraft exploded. The main part of the wreckage came down in the Dollard (Dutch: Dollart), an embayment of the Ems River on the border between Germany and the Netherlands. MACR 16349
Sortie Report

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