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2012/01/10 10:52:50 (permalink)
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Lt Robert Stricker KIA 1945

772nd Bomb Sq/463rd Bomb Gp
killed Feb 13,1945 while a POW

1950 reburied in Ky? am trying to complete a online memorial for him

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    Re:Lt Robert Stricker KIA 1945 2012/01/10 19:37:55 (permalink)
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    What isi it you would like to know about Lt. Robert Stricker?
    His plane/crew was shot down 13 Feb 1945 while on a bombing mission to Vienna, Austria.  According to the MACR, they received a direct hit in the # 4 engine, with then engine falling off the wing.  The plane made a 180 degree turn and seemed to be under control until it went out of sight of the witnesses to the event.
     
    This MACR was/is in very poor condition, virtually unreadable for the most part.  I don't know about Lt Stricker being KIA as a POW.  I would have to take your word on that because I have no information regarding that.
     
    They were flying A/C # 44-6163 and flying in the Able # 2 position of the formation.  I can provide you  with the names of the crew members:
    Pilot:  Lt Phillip N. Whitman
    Co-Pilot: Lt Leon H. Drake, Jr.
    Navigator: Lt Ferdinand C. Thiel, Jr.
    Bombardier:  Lt Robert Stricker
    Top Turret/Eng:  T/Sgt Robert Driver
    Radio Operator/Gnr:  T/Sgt James Sanders
    Left Waist Gnr:  S/Sgt James McPadden
    Right Waist Gnr: S/Sgt Charles McDonald
    Ball Turret Gnr:  S/Sgt Lester Smith
    Tail Gnr:  S/Sgt Charles Anderson, Jr.
    I can also provide you with most, if not all, of the missions that Lt Stricker flew during his tour of duty.  Just let me know if that is something that would be of interest or value to your memorial to him.

    Joel Swindlehurst
    463rd Bomb Group Historian
    www.463rd.org
    Proud son of 1/Lt Leroy J. Swindlehurst (1921-1950)
    Navigator, 772nd Sq., 463rd BG
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    Re:Lt Robert Stricker KIA 1945 2012/01/11 07:25:18 (permalink)
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    thanks-see addtional link for more info on Stricker family at-or you can prehaps scan a picture of him/his crew for memorial at
    http://www.findagrave.com...e=gr&GRid=42292529
     
    Stricker family info at http://genforum.genealogy...sages/21902.html 
    Similar query also posted at
     
    http://boards.ancestry.co...es.campbell&m=3389
     
    Reports of what happened to the crew can be found at
    http://www.airpower.at/news01/1228_pilothunt/
    http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=65233
    http://teunispats.net/macr-12109.htm
     
     
    ABMC record:
    Lester Smith
    Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
    Service #36871278
    772nd Bomer Squadron, 463rd Bomber Group, Heavy
    Entered the service from: Michigan
    Died: 13 Feb 45
    Buried at: Plot A Row 34 Grave 30
    Ardennes American Cemetery Neupre, Belgium
    Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
    post edited by PFF - 2012/01/11 08:13:20
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    Re:Lt Robert Stricker KIA 1945 2012/05/11 12:55:55 (permalink)
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    I have some additional informations about the fate of Robert Striker as he and 4 others of his crew were murdered not far away from the place where their plane had crashed.
    I have a few dozens pages about the whole case. If you are interested in that send me a PM.
    What I would need is background regarding the crew as the MACR is really in a poor condition.
     
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    Re:Lt Robert Stricker KIA 1945 2012/08/01 15:16:58 (permalink)
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    Thanks-found an obituary of Lt Stricker with picture at
    http://www.findagrave.com...e=gr&GRid=42292529
     
    Lt Smith Memorial at http://www.findagrave.com...360951&df=all&
     
    Crews story at
    http://teunispats.net/macr-12109.htm
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    Re:Lt Robert Stricker KIA 1945 2013/12/29 14:02:07 (permalink)
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    Austrian
    I have some additional informations about the fate of Robert Striker as he and 4 others of his crew were murdered not far away from the place where their plane had crashed.
    I have a few dozens pages about the whole case. If you are interested in that send me a PM.
    What I would need is background regarding the crew as the MACR is really in a poor condition.

    Georg

    Sounds like you have just what I am looking for.  Would love to see what you have about Lt. Stricker's fate.  And I am also looking for info about the reported (but unconfirmed) trial of Franz Blauensteiner for his role. 
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    Re:Lt Robert Stricker KIA 1945 2014/02/19 19:29:24 (permalink)
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    Are you out there, Georg?  Sounds like just what I need.
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    Re:Lt Robert Stricker KIA 1945 2014/02/20 16:06:51 (permalink)
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    Bilbo -
    Havn't seen Georg on here for awhile. Here is How you can
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    Re:Lt Robert Stricker KIA 1945 2014/02/24 12:55:11 (permalink)
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    Didn't know how to do that... thanks for the short lesson.
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