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LT  Robert L. BLAIS

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

Robert Blais , (CP on the Jack Moore crew).  

SERIAL #: O-755853 STATUS: POW
MACR: 04867 CR: 04867

Comments1: 12 MAY 44 BRUX (CZECHOSLOVIKIA) (FLAK)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT JACK C, MOORE               P POW 12 MAY 44 BRUX, OIL REFINERY (CZECH)         A/C #42-97127
2ND LT ROBERT L.BLAIS             CP POW 12 MAY 44 BRUX, OIL REFINERY (CZECH)    MACR #4867, Microfiche #1736
LT MONROE T. WHIDBY             BOM POW 12 MAY 44 BRUX, OIL REFINERY (CZECH)  
F/O ROSS O. McCLURE             NAV POW 12 MAY 44 BRUX, OIL REFINERY (CZECH)
S/SGT JOHN P. KIDNER            ROG POW 12 MAY 44 BRUX, OIL REFINERY (CZECH)
S/SGT HENRY HEIBER             TTE POW 12 MAY 44 BRUX, OIL REFINERY (CZECH)
S/SGT WILBUR G. DISHNEAU    BTG KIA   12 MAY 44 BRUX, OIL REFINERY (CZECH)
S/SGT JOHN J. JEDRYCK          RWG POW 12 MAY 44 BRUX, OIL REFINERY (CZECH)
S/SGT JAMES R. HUNTER         LWG POW 12 MAY 44 BRUX, OIL REFINERY (CZECH)
T/SGT CHARLES R. MUELLER       TG POW 12 MAY 44 BRUX, OIL REFINERY (CZECH)

349TH  CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON 06 MAR 44 (WHAT A DAY IT MUST HAVE BEEN TO COME ABOARD; THE 100TH LOST 15 AT BERLIN 06 MAR 44).pw
From MARCH 16-MARCH 31, 1944 S/SGT E.B. PETERS WAS THE TOGG ON THE CREW.
LT MONROE T. WHIDBY WAS BOMBARDIER ON THE CREW FROM APRIL 1, 1944 TILL THEY WERE SHOT DOWN ON 12 MAY 44 AND BECAME A POW…jb

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
3/16/1944 07 130 MOORE J.C. LT P 634 AUGSBURG
3/17/1944 07 131 MOORE J.C. LT P 37783 MUNICH
3/18/1944 07 132 MOORE J.C. LT P 37783 MUNCIH
3/19/1944 07 133 MOORE J.C. LT P 986 MARQUIS, MIMMOYEQUES
3/22/1944 07 134 MOORE J.C. LT P 53 ORANIENBURG (BERLIN)
3/23/1944 07 135 MOORE J.C. LT P 37783 BRUNSWICK/ WAGGUM
3/31/1944 07 139 MOORE J.C. LT P 83 LUDWIGSHAFEN /RECALLED
4/1/1944 07 140 MOORE J.C. LT P 53 LUDWIGSHAFEN
4/7/1944 07 141 MOORE J.C. LT P 53 QUAKENBRUCK (SCRUBBED)
4/8/1944 07 142 MOORE J.C. LT P 53 QUACKENBRUCK
4/13/1944 07 147 MOORE J.C. LT P 53 AUGSBURG
5/9/1944 07 114 MOORE J.C. LT P 107230 LAON/COUVRON; ANTHIES
5/12/1944 07 116 MOORE J.C. LT P 97127 BRUX, OIL REFINERY

EYEWITNESS:    "A/C #127 received a direct flak hit just behind the No #3 engine while over the target. The A/C peeled off on it's right wing, slipping down 2,000 feet. One chute came out. Plane then started a controlled glide and six more chutes came out. A/C seen to explode before hitting the ground."  Author is unknow..pw

Wilbur Dishneau appears to have been killed by flak in the Ball Turret. Jack Moore and Monroe T. Whidby were standing by the front escape hatch and were blown out when the ship exploded. Lt Moore suffered a broken leg, whether in the explosion or upon hitting the ground is unknown.


subject: 100th Bomb Group TAPS Report Form

email: plb@san.rr.com

realname: Philip Blais

relationship: I am the veteran's child

vet_name: Robert Louis Blais

vet_died: 05-10-2005

family_contact: 858.538.2118

comments: Co-pilot of B17 (Pilot was J.C. Moore) shot down on 15th mission May 12,1944 near Brux,Cz. POW remainder or war at Stalag Luft III and later Stalag Luft 7A. Survived by his wife Marva and five children: Philip, James, Robert, Paul and Marva.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Brux DATE: 1944-05-12  
AIRCRAFT: (42-97127) CAUSE: FLAK - Explosion  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  
ID: 390