Kilmer, Robert Bruce, Jr

Individual Personnel Data
Name Kilmer, Robert Bruce, Jr   
Rank Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-671962   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943
Duty Pilot / Co-pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 14 October 1943
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
Additional Information
  • Granted a seven day sick leave on or about 15 September 1943 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #95 dated 13 September 1943 rescinded on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #96 dated 14 September 1943.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty (R&R) The American Red Cross Club, Southport on or about 15 October 1943 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #96 dated 14 September 1943.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 842 (3.690 MB)
Oral History Interview




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Kilmer, Robert Bruce, JrPilotPOW
Flt. Ofcr. Brooks, Charlie ACo-pilotTBD
2nd Lt. Carson, Thomas ENavigatorTBD
2nd Lt. Hicks, Chauncey HaroldBombardierTBD
S/SGT. Harman, Raymond EugeneRadio Operator / GunnerTBD
S/SGT. Haigh, Herbert JosephEngineer / Top Turret GunnerTBD
SGT. MacKay, FrancisFlexible GunnerTBD
S/SGT. Richard, Eugene Trefflle, JrFlexible GunnerTBD
S/SGT. Sharp, Jack TolsonFlexible GunnerTBD
S/SGT. Wilke, Thomas EdwardFlexible GunnerTBD

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 16 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
7 10 July 1943 Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
Co-pilot 42‑3231 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
8 14 July 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Co-pilot 42‑30043 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
9 24 July 1943 Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Co-pilot 42‑5848 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
11 28 July 1943 Target: Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑5848 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, deputy flight leader. Led wing after flight leader aborted.
Sortie Report
12 29 July 1943 Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑5848 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
14 12 August 1943 Target: Synthetic Fuel Hydrogenation Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑3216 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead. Bomb bay doors wouldn't open on bomb run; bombs dropped on target of opportunity 30 west of Gelsenkirchen.
Sortie Report
16 16 August 1943 Target: Le Bourget Airport & Air Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Co-pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
17 17 August 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Co-pilot 41‑24416 Combat Mission Credit
Aircraft loaned by 303rd BG for today's mission.
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Tail Gunner 42‑30033 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Co-pilot 42‑30005 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑5849 Aborted mission after taking off.
Returned to station early after failure to draw more than 20 inches manifold pressure at 17,000 feet altitude.
Sortie Report
22 7 September 1943 Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Co-pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
23 9 September 1943 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville, France
Co-pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
27 2 October 1943 Target: Port Facilities
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Lead..
Sortie Report
28 4 October 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
29 8 October 1943 Target: Workshops
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑30196 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
32 14 October 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31059 Combat Mission Credit
Knocked down by enemy aircraft; crashed near Soissons, France; MACR 842.
Sortie Report

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