SSgt Robert Leonard Casperson

SSgt Robert Leonard Casperson

Emporium, Cameron County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 23 Dec 1944 (aged 22)
Burial Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium
Plot Plot E Row 16 Grave 41
Memorial ID 56280019 · View Source
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Entered the service from Pennsylvania.

SSgt Robert L Casperson was the son of Marie E (McAulay) Casperson Lauinger of rural Erie County, PA.
The 438th Troop Carrier Group was stationed at RAF Greenham Common just southeast of Newbury, Berkshire, 55 miles west of London.
SSgt Casperson was the radio operator on C-47A 42-92087 that crashed on a resupply mission for the 101st Airborne at Bastogne on 23 Dec 1944. The crash site was 2 miles southwest of Bastogne near Isle-Le-Pre, Belgium.
From the National WWII Glider Pilots Assn.:
The take-off and order of resupply drop over the DZ was:
1 1228: Forty-one C-47s from the 437th
2 1245: Fifty C-47s from the 434th (drop altitude: 500 ft.)
3 1245: Forty-six C-47s from the 436th (drop altitude: 500-700 ft.)
4 1250: Forty-three C-47s from the 435th (drop altitude: 700 ft.)
5 1259: Forty-three C-47s from the 438th (drop altitude: 380 ft.)
Each Group flew at a different altitude in order to complicate matters for German Anti Air Craft artillery. Even so one plane was lost on this mission. The 88th Squadron of the 438th TCG was flying at the lowest altitude; 380ft. when C-47, #42-92087, was destroyed. It was reported that no one was seen bailing out and the plane crashed on the DZ. Killed were pilot 1st Lt. Louis M. Roberts, Co-pilot Lt. Edward R. Petzold, crew chief T/Sgt. Jim W. McDonald and radio operator S/Sgt. Robert L. Casperson.
Crash site witness: Lt. Robert Anstey, making his way back to Bastogne passed Lt. Roberts aircraft and made the following report:
“In proceeding from there [Aid Station at Villeroux] to Bastogne, I passed the remains of a burned C-47. The number on the tail was 292087. I examined the wreckage and was able to distinguish what I thought were the remains of four bodies, but there was so little remaining that I could not be sure that four or only four had crashed with the ship. The wreckage was found at P-550565, Two miles south of Bastogne.”


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Robert Leonard Casperson (16 Jul 1922–23 Dec 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56280019, citing Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .