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Robert E Dibble 1
Level of Education: 2 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
1919 1
Place: VanBuren County, Michigan 1

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
24 Feb 1941 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
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Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
36151374 1
Enlistment Place:
Kalamazoo Michigan 1
Enlistment Term:
Three year enlistment 1
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Civil Life 1
Semiskilled construction occupations, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 1038 1
Film Reel Number: 5.100 1

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Lt Robert E Dibble, KIA 15 Aug.'43 100th BG


ROBERT E DIBBLE graduated Class of 42-13 from Kirtland Bombardier School, Albuquerque, NM

2LT Robert Eugene Dibble

418th BS/100th BG(H)
Original crew list:

Rank   Name  Position   Fate Date

1LT  Edgar F. Woodward, Jr.  Pilot  INT  Sept. 6, 1943 Switzerland

F/O  John H. Thompson  CP  POW  Sept. 6, 1943 Stuttgart, Germany

2LT  Robert E. Dibble  BOM  KIA  Aug. 15, 1943 Merville, France

2LT  Emanuel A. Cassimatis  NAV  POW  Sept. 6, 1943 Stuttgart, Germany

S/SGT  Frank Danella  TTE  POW  Sept. 6, 1943 Stuttgart, Germany

T/SGT  Melvin E. Gaide  R/O  POW  Sept. 6, 1943 Stuttgart, Germany

S/SGT  Donald H. Fletcher  WG  POW  Sept. 6, 1943 Stuttgart, Germany

S/SGT  William D. Brooks  TG  POW  Sept. 6, 1943 Stuttgart, Germany

S/SGT  Charles J. Griffin  WG  POWSept. 6, 1943 Stuttgart, Germany

S/SGT  George A. Janos  BT  POW  Sept. 6, 1943 Stuttgart, Germany

ROBERT DIBBLE - Home state: MI

Aug 13, 1943

Purple Heart awarded to Lt. Robert E. Dibble, bombardier who was wounded over Hannover. Exploding shell drove glass into his face, fortunately his eyes were not injured. Colonel Kesseler presented the award and remarked, "Young man, this is the last one of these I want to give you." Thanking the Colonel, Lt. Dibble replied, "I sure don't want another one, Colonel."

Aug 15, 1943

A late in the day raid on Merville and Lille, France. Notable both in the number of B-17s taking part and the fact the 100th suffered its first visible death in action. Today's causality was Lt. Robert E. Dibble (See Aug 13th, 43 entry) of Bangor, Michigan, killed when a piece of flak came the nose of the "Poontang" of which he was the bombardier. Lt. Cassimatis, Navigator tried to give aid, but was unable to save Dibble's life - he was dead when the ship landed at Thorpe Abbotts. Many of the crews asking about Flak Vests of which they have read - some thought it would have perhaps saved Dibble. He had only two day prior received the Purple Heart - all pleased that he received the decoration before Jerry got him.



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