Ramsay, Robert E., 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
1943-1943, AAF MOS 755, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
418th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Dec 22, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
North Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

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

 Ribbon Bar

Aircrew Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 755, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 755, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Robert E. Ramsay was born in Pennsylvania in 1916. His parents were J. Frank and Myrtle V. Ramsay. The US Census 1920 locates the family in Conshohocker, Pennsylvania.

Ramsay enlisted as a private in the US Army Air Forces in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1942. His enlistment record shows he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as a draftsman.

He was selected for flight duty, and trained as a radio operator. He was then assigned to a crew in training, headed by Lt Goupill. The crew moved overseas, arriving in England on November 25, 1943. They were dispatched on 2 missions.

On December 22, 1943, the crew flew as a spare on a raid on facilities in Munster, Germany. It is not known which Group or Squadron they supported. The details of the loss is not known. One of the crew's body was recovered, so it is assumed the aircraft crashed into the North Sea. All of the crew, with the exception of the recovered one, are remembered on the Walls of the Missing at the Cambridge American Cemetery in England.

US Census 1920
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt Robert E. Ramsay was acting as the radio operator/dorsal gunner on B-17G # 42-31071, named "Dorhelcia," assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1705 was issued, but has no details of the loss. Crew rosters show the crew as:

2 Lt Thomas F. Goupill, Jr.  p
2 Lt Tenvil H. Jackson  c-p
2 Lt Gus J. Mink  nav
2 Lt Ralph Barker, Jr.  bomb
SSgt Charles R. Gallagher  eng/tt gun
SSgt Robert E. Ramsay  r/o
Sgt  George J. Brassell  btg
Sgt  Edward R. Csech  wg
Sgt  James G. McLamb  wg
Sgt  Fred Thompson  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Sgt Brassell (from Atchison crew) was replacing Sgt Russell L. Abel (original crew) for this mission.

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