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T/SGT  George J. ROBINSON

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG

 George J. Robinson part of the Floyd E. Henderson crew was KIA, Hamburg, 31 December 1944 while flying "FOOLS RUSH IN" Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 George J. Robinson part of the Floyd E. Henderson crew was KIA, Hamburg, 31 December 1944 while flying "FOOLS RUSH IN" Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) courtesy of Scott Bucholtz. 

SERIAL #: 31278309 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 11366 CR: 11366

Comments1: 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG (FLAK- COL WITH 43-38124)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

    Lt Carl J.Hedin                 P       NOC
    Lt John S.Norton              CP      CPT    2/10/44 KASSEL 
    Lt Merrill W.Toburen          NAV    CPT    21/1/45 MANNHIEM (BRIDGES)
    Lt Everett E.Linn              BOM   CPT   17/3/45 RUHLAND & PLAUEN
 S/Sgt George J.Robinson   ROG    KIA     31/12/44 HAMBURG SEE NOTE A HENDERSON CREW LIST BELOW
 S/Sgt James W.Shepard      TTE      KIA     31/12/44 HAMBURG
   Sgt Leo O.Murphy           BTG     POW  31/12/44 HAMBURG
   Sgt Fred Horcasitas       WG       KIA      31/12/44 HAMBURG
   Sgt Frank S.Sauls         TG        POW    31/12/44 HAMBURG

351st Sqdn.  Crew,as above, appears as Crew #50 on Combat Crew Roster of 18/9/44. On 5/8/44 Norton was CP on the 
crew of N.P.Scott and Toburen was NAV on crew of J.P.Ernst.

The five above enlisted men were with the crew of Floyd E.Henderson on 31/12/44. Henderson, himself,was CP on the 
crew of R.L.Stevenson when that crew joined the 100th Group on 14/7/44.  When this crew arrived at the 100th in late 
July 1944, the CP was 2nd Lt.Milton H. LaFranchi who CPT on 4/3/45. Also on the crew was Cpl. John R.Nickolls,a gunner.


CREW
On the  31 DEC 44 ( HAMBURG) mission,  FLOYD E. HENDERSON was the first pilot of this crew..Appears mainly that of Carl J. HEDIN...jb
    A/C #42-31066 "Fools Rush In"  MACR #11366, MICRO-FICHE #4183

2ND LT FLOYD E. HENDERSON  P        KIA 31 DEC 44                HAMBURG
2nd  Lt   Richard W. King         CP    KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
2nd   Lt   George J. Smigo, Jr            NAV     POW 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
S/Sgt  Elmer L. Kovach                           TOGG   KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
S/Sgt George J.Robinson             ROG   KIA  31DEC 44  HAMBURG
 S/Sgt James W.Shepard                   TTE     KIA   31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
   Sgt Leo O.Murphy                           BTG    POW       31 DEC /44  HAMBURG
   Sgt Fred Horcasitas                        WG      KIA     31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
   Sgt Frank S.Sauls                           TG       POW   31 DEC 44  HAMBURG


 EYEWITNESS:  "A/C 42-31066 recieved a direct hit by flak just before "Bombs Away" , and the bombs were salvoed. 
    The A/C fell off on the right wing and dropped onto A/C #43-38124 piloted by Lt Clifton M. Williams.
   . Both aircraft went down in flames  and one exploded" (See Williams crew below)

Lt Clifton M.Williams     P   KIA   31/12/44 HAMBURG
Lt Kenneth W.Newkirk  CP  KIA "
Lt Richard F.Williams   NAV  KIA " A/C #43 38124
Lt Lawrence W.Ward   BOM  POW  " MACR #11363,Fiche #4182
T/S/Sgt Charles J.McGinley  ROG  KIA " 
T/Sgt .Alvin H.Petteys   TTE  KIA "
S/Sgt Lee F.Carpenter   BTG  KIA "
S/Sgt  James H.Murphy        WG   POW  "  TAPS: 1973
  Cpl  Gordon R.Sinclair     TG   CPT  15 /3/45 ORANIENBURG /WITH THE S. JOHNSON CREW AS NAV (see note)

351st Sqdn. Sqdn Diary of Sept.1944 notes this crew as joining the 100th Group in Sept. A Cpl.Harvey J.Lehman was 
on the crew at that time but no further record of him has turned up.

On 31/12/44, S/Sgt Roland L.Douglas,from the crew of Gerald Brown,was flying in place of Gordon Sinclair and was 
made a POW.

Note
Gordon Sinclair was removed from Navigator's school one day short of graduation for some unknown infraction, proably the Training Command acted  a bit over zealous in view of the need for trained Navigators.  The 351st Sqdn. Commander (Harry Cruver, a man known to have had some disagreements with training command personnel during his cadet days) corrected this bit of over zealousness by immediately promoting Sinclair to M/Sgt and  making him the Navigator for the Sidney Johnson crew, where he completed a tour.  This from Charles M. Beck, of the Sidney Johnson crew..pw

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Hamburg DATE: 1944-12-31  
AIRCRAFT: "Fools Rush In" (42-31066) CAUSE: FLAK - Collided with 4  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: Wall/Misng CEMETERY: Netherlands Cemetery/Margraten  

PHOTOS:

George J. Robinson   351st   ROG   Connecticut   KIA   31 Dec 44   Hamburg   Floyd E. Henderson Crew   (100th Photo Archives)

 George J. Robinson part of the Floyd E. Henderson crew was KIA, Hamburg, 31 December 1944 while flying "FOOLS RUSH IN" Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) courtesy of Scott Bucholtz. 

 George J. Robinson Purple Heart,  part of the Floyd E. Henderson crew was KIA, Hamburg, 31 December 1944 while flying "FOOLS RUSH IN" Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) courtesy of Scott Bucholtz. 

KIA newspaper reports 

 George J. Robinson part of the Floyd E. Henderson crew was KIA, Hamburg, 31 December 1944 while flying "FOOLS RUSH IN" Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) courtesy of Scott Bucholtz. 

Lt Floyd Henderson Crew and Fools Rush In

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

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