Bishop, Robert R, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1092-Pilot, B-24
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1092, 8th Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt Sgt. D.L. Kimbrow (Skip) to remember Bishop, Robert R, 2nd Lt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Apr 29, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Bombing Raids Over Germany
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Rockford, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Bombardment Units392nd Bombardment Group, Heavy8th Air Force
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1092, 578th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1092, 392nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1092, 8th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. Robert R. Bishop was the pilot of a B-24J (tail number 42-110105) based at RAF Wendling, Norfolkshire, England (USAAF Station 118). He and his crew served with the 578th Bomb Squadron (H), 392nd Bomb Group (H), 14th Wing, 8th Air Force.

On the morning of 29 April 1944, the crew joined other B-24s and B-17s on a massive raid over Berlin, Germany. This was the aircrew's 10 mission, and Mission #76 of the Bomb Squaron.

The bomber was attacked by German ME-109 and FW-190 fighter aircraft, severly damaging the aircraft's right elevator. The aircraft spiraled down and crashed in a horse pasture, and no parachutes were seen either by other air crews or people on the grouns. All were killed.

Crew lost:
2nd Lt. Robert R. Bishop (Pilot)
2nd Lt. Arthur W. Luce (Co-Pilot)
2nd Lt. Donald W. Hess (Navigator)
2nd Lt. Thomas Digman, Jr. (Bombardier)
SSgt. Joseph J. Karaso (Radio Operator)
Sgt. Michael A. Chiodo  (Asst Radio Operator /Left Waist Gunner)
Sgt. James T. Blong (Engineer/Top Turret Gunner)
Sgt. John J. Harringer, Jr. (Right Waist Gunner)
Sgt. John R. Bonnassiolle (Bottom Turret Gunner)
SSgt. Ralph L. McDonald (Tail Gunner)

German documents captured after the war noted that the aircraft crashed near the town of East Meitze, Germany. German forces buried the remains of Digman, Blong, and one unknown airman in a cemetery near Hannover, Germany, around the time of the crash.

In 1946, the Army Graves Registration Service exhumed the remains of the three individuals for identification and reburied them in a U.S. Military Cemetery in Condroz, Belgium.

In 2003, a German national located the site of the crash and recovered human remains, which were turned over to U.S. officials. In 2005, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) team excavated the crash site and gathered additional human remains, military equipment, and metal identification tags for Bishop, Blong, Bonnassiolle, and Harringer. The team also recovered a class ring with the initials AWL -- presumably belonging to Luce.

In 2007, a JPAC team completed the site excavation and found additional evidence that helped to confirm the identity of the crew.

The crew was buried as a group, in a single casket representing the entire crew, on Oct. 26, 2011 in Arlington National Cemetery. Hess and Karaso were interred individually in Arlington National Cemetery.    

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 4446

Links: (crew photo) Crew Lost Reports (photo of several of the crew at a party) (has news released of finding of remains)
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