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Lt Robert J Pittman 790th BS

Discussion in '467th BG - Rackheath' started by Tim M., May 31, 2017.

  1. Tim M.

    Tim M. New Member

    I'm looking for informations about Lt Robert J Pittman. He was the copilot of Lt Frank Prokop's crew.
    I've found many informations about the day they've been shot down (april 29 1944), but I'm trying to find a picture of him or of the crew.
    I have his uniform and would really like to know more about this brave man.

  2. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Robert Jackson Pittman
    NARA original enlistment ASN: 15342919 https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record...Robert+J+Pittman&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=169207 (year of birth 1924)
    NARA POW ASN: O-699725 https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record...Robert+J+Pittman&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=103901
    B-24H-10-DT 41-28749 790BS, 467BG, MACR#4943, 29 April 1944 (48 pages) https://www.fold3.com/image/28649860 (NOK Harry F Pittman, (father), Lockland, Ohio) for those with fold3 access
    Additional source http://www.the467tharchive.org/libraryshelfone.html
    Findagrave KIA crew members https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=513273 no crew photo offered in any of these memorial pages (Lt Pittman noted no F-A-G page found)
    1940 Census attached. Family members: Harry Pittman, father (59); Marguerite Pittman, mother (45);Robert J Pittman (subject) (16); Doris V Pittman, sister (12)
    Marriage 24 February 1944 to Anna Jeannette Wray (1924–2008)
    Birth of Daughter 15 Nov 1948 (Ohio) Nancee Ellen Pittman (1948–2007)
    Robert Jackson Pittman, veteran death record 12 April 1924 to 10 December 1978

    Sadly no crew or individual photos have turned up. We know from the November 1943 newspaper article Pittman was stationed at Pampa Army Air Field for advanced flight training. Checking the two class books offered in the approximate time frame Pittman was not found, likely in a different not offered class book
    Class 43-E http://www.aafcollection.info/items/detail.php?key=97&pkg=bf!field!92!97!1!title!up!20
    44-A http://www.aafcollection.info/items/detail.php?key=354&pkg=bf!field!92!354!1!title!up!20

    Perhaps other members will have better success.

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  3. Tim M.

    Tim M. New Member

    Thank you again Scott for your kind help !

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  4. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Tim this aircraft crashed one mile north of Dahrenhorst, NE of Hanover,Germany.
    Send an email to Dirk Hartmann,the Airwar expert of the Hannover vicinity.

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  5. peterDuck

    peterDuck Member


    Robert J. Pittman was a member of the original air echelon of the 467th BG. He, along with the other men of the Group, trained at Wendover AAF, Wendover Utah from 31 Oct 43 through mid Feb 44. Note that the Group was originally formed at Mountain Home AAB, Mountain Home ID, on 9 Sep 43 and briefly trained at Kearns AAB in Oct 43 before finally settling in at Wendover.

    I'm not sure, at this time, exactly when Robert Pittman was transferred into the Group. I do show that pursuant to Special Order no.42, Wendover Field dated 11 Feb 44, the "Flight Echelon" (which Pittman was a part) of the 467th BG was ordered to transit to AAF Herington, KS prior to deployment overseas. Pittman was the Co Pilot of crew #Y-17 (Prokop was pilot) and departed Wendover on 18 Feb 44 (originally scheduled to depart 13 Feb 44) flying B-24H-10-DT 'No Name' 41-28749. After finishing POM Inspections with the Group, he departed Herington on 18 Feb 44, flying the "Southern Route" (again flying B-24H-10-DT 'No Name' 41-28749) and arriving at Rackheath England (Station #145 - home of the 467th) on 26 Mar 44.

    The crew was renumbered to 056-R0 (the "-R0" indicates replacement crew number, in this case being '0' and an original crew) and flew on the Groups first combat mission on 10 Apr 44. As has been noted, he was shot down on 29 Apr 44 on the Groups mission #16 to Berlin. Sadly, seven of his crewmates were killed. He spent the remainder of the war as a POW. I'm not aware of any other details after he became a POW.

    I've included a mission list for him. Also, I've attached an excerpt from the 467th BG Association 'POOP from the Group", written by Andy Wilkinson, where Frank Prokop recollects the details of 29 Apr 44. Unfortunately, I can't immediately find any crew photo's for crew #056-R0 at the moment. I'll keep an eye out for any during future research.

    Are you a relative? I'm curious about your interest. If you are interested in the 467th BG, there is a very active (and officially sanctioned by the 467th BG Association) Facebook page dedicated to the Group. I would recommend becoming a member.

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