1st Lt Robert "Bob" McIntosh Comes Home 13 August 2016

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  1. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    1st Lt Robert L. McIntosh.jpg
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    On 12 May 1944, 2nd Lt Robert L. McIntosh, O-802054 of the 27th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, 15th Air Force disappeared during a combat mission in Italy. His P-38J-15-RO-42-104223, departed Foggia Airfield #3 (Salsola) Italy on a strafing mission against an airfield target at the San Damiano Airdrome 9 miles/15 km south/southeast of Piacenza, Italy. After a brief air battle over Bologna, which 1st Lt McIntosh emerged apparently unscathed, the weather worsened and the flight began to climb through the overcast. Although flight leader instructions were acknowledged by 1st Lt McIntosh, his aircraft was observed to dive through the clouds, and he was not seen or heard from again; 7 page MACR 4765 https://www.fold3.com/image/29037873 San Damiano Airdrome location source http://www.ww2.dk/Airfields - Italy Sicily and Sardinia.pdf (handy Luftwaffe field reference).

    This loss seems a great mystery for many years and reasons. Even with the details of recovery offered here I am still not completely clear where Lt McIntosh was recovered. The article by the 1st FG Association states San Cristana, Italy which appears to also be called Santa Cristina located in the Puez-Odle Mountain Group http://www.italiaoutdoors.com/index.php/olde-mountains (Or there is a different San Cristana south of Imola, Italy). According to the MACR the weather turned extremely BAD! “Intermittent snow and sleet, solid front very dense stretching over the mountains, its top at 26,000 ft.”. To avoid this weather front the flight started to climb in the area of Imola, Italy which is located on the southern side of the Po Valley. Lt McIntosh was last observed in this area diving rather than climbing. It appears it was assumed he crashed into the mountains south of Imola. In fact if the San Cristana/Santa Cristina location is correct (?) after Lt McIntosh went on instruments rather than flying south toward Foggia he got turned around (instrument failure or other cause) eventually crashing into the Puez-Odle Mountains at Santa Cristina which is 155 miles/249 km directly north of Imola.

    Very nice tribute to Lt McIntosh by the 1st FG Association accounting for his loss, recovery and delayed return home and funeral http://1stfighterassociation.weebly.com/lt-mcintosh-comes-home.html (funeral video included).

    Findagrave, a rather complete memorial for Lt Robert Leeson "Bob" McIntosh https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=47577216

    Lt Robert McIntosh arrives Indianapolis, Indiana

    Overview map, loss of 1st Lt Robert L McIntosh
    Overview loss of 1st Lt Robert L. McIntosh.jpg
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2017
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  2. Airwar

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    Scott four articles

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