Greenwell, Robert E., Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Captain

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cairo
Last Address
419th Bomb Squadron
Oudna, Tunisia

Casualty Date
Nov 16, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Mediterranean Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Rhone, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1035, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1035, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Robert E. Greenwell was born in Cairo, Illinois on October 18, 1917. His parents were George Alphonse and Catherine Siddel Redman Greenwell. The US Census 1920 has the family living in Cairo, Illinois. The US Census 1940 shows them in rural Justice County, Texas.

Greenwell enlisted in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1941 as an aviation cadet. His NARA enlistment file states he had completed 3 years of college (unnamed), and that his civilian occupation fell within the "actor" category.

He was trained as a bombardier. Upon completion of this course, he was commissioned, awarded wings, and was made an instructor at Midland, Texas. After duty in North Dakota, he was sent to England, then to North Africa where he flew at least 40 combat missions.

On November 16, 1943, the crew received orders to bomb the German war facilities at Istres Le Tune, France Base. As the formation neared the target, a flak burst set # 4 engine afire. The pilot tried to feather it, but to no avail. Then, enemy fighters swept in and shot the B-17 down. It went into a steep glide and impacted the water about 20 miles from Marseilles, France.

Captain Greenwell is memorialized on the Walls of the missing at the Rhone American Cemetery in Draguignan, France. There is also a stone in his memory in the Mound City National Cemetery in Mound City, Illinois.


www.findagrave.com
www.ancestry.com
www.abmc.gov
www.301stbg.com/Missions_Macrs.cfm
US Census 1920
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records

  

Comments/Citation
Captain Robert E. Greenwell was serving as bombardier on B-17F # 42-30419, unnamed, assigned to the 419th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1127 pertains to this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt Oliver A. Westbrook  p
2 Lt Myron H. Meredith  c-p
2 Lt Donald W. Mabry  nav
Cpt Robert E. Greenwell  bomb
TSgt Charles S. Price  eng/tt gun
TSgt John A. Proetti  r/o
SSgt George L. Altmeyer  btg
SSgt Hiland T. Elam  wg
SSgt Walter Chenkus  tail gun
TSgt Edwin W. Rueffer  r/o

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

No explanation in MACR as to why 2 radio operators.

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