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2Lt Robert L Miner

2Lt Robert L Miner

Birth
Death 6 Feb 1944
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 24 Grave 41
Memorial ID 56374301 · View Source
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Robert served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-17G (#42-38015), 338th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Minnesota prior to the war.

Robert, and his crew, took off from Snetterton Heath with an assigned target of Romilly-sur-Seine airfield in France. He was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was shot down by fighters, exploding in mid-air with the bomb load, and crashed near Pisseleux, one mile west of Villers-Cotterets, France during the war.

It was also reported that the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with an FW190, which knocked out the No 2 engine and set wing tanks on fire. The FW190 then brushed against another 338th Bomb Squadron aircraft, piloted by Lt Lee Bevers, and exploded.

Robert was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-752010

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Airmen who perished on on B-17G (#42-38015):

Frank, William M ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, Maryland
Huhtala, Robert J ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, California
Kurtzberg, Jacob ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Pennsylvania
Majeska, Edward F ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, New York
McIver, Oscar S ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Oklahoma
Miner, Robert L ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Minnesota
Roever, John L ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Wisconsin
Swientoniowski, Walter B ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, New York
Weiner, William C ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, New York

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

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Below report submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

He was serving as the co-pilot on a B-17G which took off from Snetterton Heath with an assigned target of Romilly-sur-Seine airfield in France. It was shot down by fighters, exploding in mid-air with the bomb load. Crashed near Pisseleux, one mile west of Villers-Cotterets, France. It is reported the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with an FW190, which knocked out the No 2 engine and set wing tanks on fire. It then brushed against and 338th Bomb Squadron aircraft, piloted by Lt Lee Bevers and exploded. 9 KIA 1 POW Six are interred in Epinal.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56374301
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Robert L Miner (unknown–6 Feb 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56374301, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .