Ammon, Robert H., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 755, 577th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
RAF Station 118 (Wendling, England)

Casualty Date
Jun 23, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Woodlawn National Cemetery - Elmira, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot G, Site 4527

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  2014, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aircrew Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training Courses392nd Bombardment Group, Heavy577th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, Radio Operators Training Course
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 707, 392nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 755, 577th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Robert H. Ammon was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1920. His wife, Dorothy, and he lived in Camden where he was employed by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and qualified for flight duty.

After basic training, he was assigned to the radio operators course of instruction. Upon completing this course, he was sent to an operational unit for combat crew training. He then joined the Whittemore crew, and deployed with this crew to England in early 1944 where the crew was assigned to the 577th Bomb Squadron of the 392nd Bomb Group at RAF Station 118 (Wendling, England.)

He wrote home in a letter dated 3 June 1944 that he had flown 7 missions , and that the unit had just received a Distinguished Unit Citation. On June 23, the crew participated in a bombing raid on German war facilities in France. Flak was heavy over the target, and while on the bomb run, the aircraft was struck in # 3 engine and the bomb bays. The aircraft went into a dive, pulled up slightly, then rolled over, and spun toward the ground out of control. Observers state 5 parachutes were seen.

The aircraft crashed 9 kilometers North of Leon, France. German troops found and captured 5 of the crew. One man evaded, and 5 were killed in the crash. One of the captives died 16 days later from wounds. After the war, several sets of remains were located and returned to the U.S. where 3 of the crew were buried in a common grave in Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, New York. The grave marker is at Plot G, Site 4527.


SSgt Robert H. Ammon was the radio operator on B-24H # 42-95027, unnamed, but called "B Plus" from squadron markings, assigned to the 577th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 6215 was issued, and identifies the crew as:

Capt Melvin H. Graper     p
1 Lt Warren T. Whittemore    p
2 Lt James M. Ackerman   c-p
2 Lt Clarence B. Rich   nav
2 Lt Standford I. Birnham   n gun/nav
2 Lt Milton Issenberg   bomb
TSgt Carl L. Peterson  eng
SSgt Robert H. Ammon   r/o
SSgt Charles V. Altemus    wg
SSgt Maurice Lempe    wg
SSgt Robert S. Tremlett   tail gun

Captain Graper was the Squadron Operations Officer who was flying lead crew on the mission, which is why there were 2 navigators and 2 pilots on board. Graper was the man who died in a German hospital.

In the crew photo, SSgt Ammon is in the front row, 2nd from left.

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