Imler, Robert B., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Apr 18, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
According to enlistment records, Robert B. Inmler was born in Illinois in 1921. His parents were Arterus and Theresa Imler. The US Census 1940 shows the family living in Chicago.

Imler enlisted on January 3, 1942 as a private in the Army Air Forces. His enlistment documents state he had completed 4 tears of high school, and was employed as a general office clerk.

He evidently received training as both a flight engineer and an aerial gunner, as his first appearance in military records is in such a position with the Godwin crew, operating from  an advanced base in Algeria in 1943.

On April 18, 1943, Godwin's crew was part of a formation that was assigned to bomb the railway marshalling yards at Palermo, Sicily. Approximately, 20 miles from the target, the formation was attacked by enemy fighters. Two ME-110s fired at, and shot down, Godwin's aircraft. It crashed into the sea off Palermo, killing all on board.

No recovery was made, and Sgt Imler is remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial located in Carthage, Tunisia.
NARA Enlistment Records


Sgt Robert B. Imler was the assigned flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17F #41-24371, named "Devils from Hell," assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16508 was issued in conjunction with this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew was composed of:

1 Lt Bobby M. Godwin  p
1 Lt John W. Houck  c-p
2 Lt John H. Person  nav
1 Lt Virgil E. Hope  bomb
Sgt  Robert B. Imler  eng/tt gun
Sgt Robert S. Littrel  r/o
Sgt Arthur L. Nilges  btg
Sgt  Frank Spatafore  wg
Sgt  William M. Hawkins  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

NOTE: The wreckage of the aircraft was discovered on October 5, 2015, in about 75 feet of water, and 4 miles off-shore Palermo, Sicily. No attempt to retrieve anything from the wreckage will be made, as the wreck has been designated a "war grave."

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