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1SGT Robert James “Bob” Curran

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1SGT Robert James “Bob” Curran

Birth
New York, USA
Death 26 Feb 1945 (aged 26)
Wassigny, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Burial Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa, USA
Plot SECTION D SITE 182
Memorial ID 2880884 View Source
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Husband of Jean C. Curran who resided in Yonkers, New York.

Robert served as a First Sergeant on B-26B "Holy Moses" #42-96124, 597th Bomber Squadron, 397th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Westchester County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on August 19, 1941, prior to the war, in Mohawk, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Office Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

He was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant on August 12, 1943. He was also married after his enlistment.

Robert was "Killed In Action" when his B-26 crashed near Wassigny, France while on a bombing mission to Germany during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in France and was later repatriated here on February 15, 1949.

Service # 12032429

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on B-26B #42-96124:

Brodley, Francis W ~ Sgt, MA
Curran, Robert J ~ 1st Sgt, NY
Moore, Edward L ~ Sgt, WA
Pierson, William F ~ Sgt, GA
Potschner, John T ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, OH
Reading, John W ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, MA

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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Below mission info submitted by "Andy".

He was serving on a B-26 #42-96124 named "Holy Moses" which took off from home base on a combat mission to a target in Germany. While going up through a cloud layer above the base the plane became separated from the from the formation. When the flight broke out of the clouds at 4000 feet the plane was not seen. The aircraft crashed and burned and part of the bomb load of 8 500lbs General purpose bombs exploded. So far as known all members on the crew of 6 were in the plane at the time of impact and no one survived. Of the six bodies in the plane is was possible to identify just that of Lt Postchner the pilot. The accident was believed due to an electric malfunction in the cabin.

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