Nance, Robert F., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 939-Aerial Photographer-Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 939, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Apr 13, 1943
MIA-Finding of Death
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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 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 939, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 939, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/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 his enlistment document, Robert F. Nance was born in 1914 in Virginia. His parents were Thadius Haywood and Mary L. Nance. The US Census 1930 has the family residing in Bedford, Virginia.

Nance enlisted as a private on January 15, 1942. His enlistment papers state he had completed 4 years of high school, was single, and was employed as a photographer.

It is not known when he was assigned to the 301st Bomb Group, nor how many missions he flew. It is also not known if he was a regular member of the Thomas crew or flew as assigned. The award of the Air Medal, under the criteria at the time would indicate between 5 and 9 missions.

On April 13, 1943, the aircraft was part of a bombing raid on the Castel-Veterano Airdrome in Sicily. There is no record of what happened during the mission. The MACR merely states "Failed to return."

Nance is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia.
NARA Enlistment Records
US Census 1930


Sgt Robert F. Nance was acting as photographer on B-17F # 41-24394, named "Hockamolocko Jock VI BB," assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron. There is no explanation of what the name means, or why it was given to the aircraft.

Missing Air Crew Report 16302 was issued, but contains only aircraft identification, crew members on board, and the notation "Failed to return."
Mission loading lists confirm crew was:

1 Lt Jerry E. Thomas  p
1 Lt Duke D. Cummings  c-p
1 Lt Harry A. Wann, Jr.  nav
1 Lt William E. Loewecke  bomb
TSgt Julius J. Jacobs  eng/tt gun
TSgt Joel B. Busby  r/o
SSgt Ray O. Weeks  btg
SSgt James Agee  wg
Sgt Robert F. Nance  photo
SSgt Robert J. Carignan  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

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