Bourgeois, Robert Clark, MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43190-Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent
Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1959-1960, USAF Hospital/Medical Center - Lackland
Service Years
1939 - 1960
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Lecompte, Louisiana
Last Address
Metairie, Louisiana

Date of Passing
Nov 13, 2001
Location of Interment
Lake Lawn Park Cemetery - New Orleans, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
South Unit 3, South Corridor 9, Tier A, Crook 43

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the bombardier on crew #13 in the Doolittle Raid. He went on to serve in the USAAAF and USAF until he was medically retired Jan 12, 1960.

His DFC citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Sergeant Robert C. Bourgeois (ASN: 7000417), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Bombardier of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Sergeant Bourgeois with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Sergeant 

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
Crew #13 (Plane #40-2247, "The Avenger", target Yokosuka): 37th Bomb. Sq. L-R: Lt Clayton J. Campbell, nav., Lt Edgar E. McElroy, pilot; Sgt Adam R. Williams, flt engr/gunner; Lt Richard A. Knobloch, co-pilot; Sgt Robert C. Bourgeois, bombardier. (USAF photo)

Other Comments:
Report by his crew's pilot:
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Force Europe (USAAFE)37th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
Officer Candidate School (OCS)Air Force Bases/ InstallationsUSAAF Training Command97th Field Maintenance Squadron
US Air ForceUSAF Hospital/Medical Center - Lackland
  1939-1941, AAF MOS 509, United States Army Air Force Europe (USAAFE)
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 509, 37th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 509, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 509, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1943-1944, Officer Candidate School (OCS)
  1944-1946, AAF MOS 4825, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1946-1947, AAF MOS 747, USAAF Training Command
  1946-1947, AAF MOS 747, USAAF Training Command
  1948-1956, 43190, 97th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1956-1959, 43190, 44th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1959-1960, USAF Hospital/Medical Center - Lackland
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
 My Aircraft/Missiles
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B-47 Stratojet  KC-97 Stratotanker  
  1941-1943, B-25 Mitchell
  1947-1950, B-29 Superfortress
  1948-1948, B-45 Tornado
  1950-1955, B-50 Superfortress
  1954-1959, B-47 Stratojet
  1956-1959, KC-97 Stratotanker
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