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Robert H Reed 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1915 1
Indiana 1
Residence:
Place: Marion County, Indiana 1
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World War II 1

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Army 1
Enlistment Date:
01 Jul 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
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Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
35358672 1
Enlistment Place:
Indianapolis Indiana 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
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Civil Life 1
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Semiskilled machine shop and related occupations, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 0929 1
Film Reel Number: 3.351 1

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310th BG, 428th BS, Sgt Robert H Reed, B-25 Combat Photographer/Aerial Gunner

North Africa

Robert was trained as an Aerial Photographer and flew Combat also as a Tail-Gunner in the B-25 Mitchell out of North Africa during WWII. April, 1943.

  It appears that Robert ALSO later flew as a Combat Photographer in a B-24 and was shot-down, evaded and RTD.  Late 1944.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=reed&GSiman=1&GScid=84173&GRid=71551902&

12th AF, 57th Bomb Wing, 310th Bomb Group, 428th Bomb Squadron in the MTO; http://57thbombwing.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=68417 (Robert's Album)

Barbi Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com  additions? corrections?

Robert H Reed, 310th BG, 428th BS, Mission #79 on 28 April, 1943.

  photos that Cpl. Robert H. Reed of the 57th BW took... as you know he was the photographer flying on the "Virginia Sturgeon" on group mission #79 that day, we may find the negatives from April 28, 1943.

 

Cpl. Robert H Reed, 310th BG, 428th BS, Mission #79 on 28 April, 1943. Robert took a photo from higher in the sky that captured the exact moment a P-51 Pilot let a "zero-second-delay" bomb hit directly a Troop Ship that exploded and blew the P-51 sideways!   He printed it out and gave it to Lt Richard F Kenney, Pilot of that P-51, as a gift!   Dick Kenney was shot down his next Mission and became a badly injured POW, for the rest of the war.   Nothing was ever sent home, so the search for that particular picture is still on.

    Col. Dick Kenney, who would later serve as Fighter Pilot, C.O. and forward leader in Jet-Flight also served in Korea.  He retired a full Col. and passed at age 94 in his home on Coronado Island Dec. 11, 2014.

 

Barbi Ennis Connolly, WWII Historical Researcher

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