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ROBERT C. PETERSON - 359th BS
(crew assigned 359BS: 15 Feb 1945 - photo: 13 Mar 1945)

(Back L-R) S/Sgt Denver E. Reed (E), 2Lt Roy A. Kirkpatrick (CP),
2Lt Charles A. Mollmann (N), 2Lt Robert C. Peterson (P), Sgt William I. Borsody (TG)

S/Sgt Robert P. Wilson (TOG), S/Sgt Paul C. Strigle (R),
S/Sgt Carl Davis (WG/Tog/TG), S/Sgt John E. Hunsucker (BT)

Thirty credited combat missions flown by 1Lt Robert C. Peterson:
323 (25 Feb 45), 324, 326, 327 (2 Mar 45), 328, 330, 331, 335, 336, 337, 339, 340, 341, 343, 344, 345, 349, 350 (3 Apr 45), 351, 352, 353, 354, 356, 357, 358, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364 (25 Apr 45).
For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.

Eleven B-17Gs flown bt 1Lt Robert C. Peterson on his thirty combat missions:

  • 43-39727 (No name) (359BS) BN-K - Mission 323
  • 43-38883 Lady Beth (359BS) BN-A - Missions 324, 358, 362
  • 43-38289 (P) Sweet LaRhonda (359BS) BN-J - Mission 326
  • 43-38891 Blues in the Night (359BS) BN-H - Missions 327, 328
  • 43-38645 (No name) (359BS) BN-B - Missions 330, 331, 361
  • 42-97944 (P) Daddy's Delight (359BS) BN-I - Missions 336, 337, 339, 340, 341, 343, 344, 345, 350, 351, 352, 352, 354
  • 42-38050 (P) Thunderbird (359BS) BN-U - Mission 335
  • 41-107206 Old Black Magic (359BS) BN-R - Mission 349
  • 43-38682 (No name) (359BS) BN-K - Mission 356
  • 43-39127 (No name) (359BS) BN-K - Missions 357, 363, 364
  • 43-38609 (No name) (359BS) BN-F - Mission 360
    (P) See Nose Art Photos
Crew Notes:
  • 1Lt Robert C. Peterson (P) - Flew on four missions as CoPilot with other Pilots: 1Lt John S. Proffitt and his crew (323); 2Lt Galt L. McClurg, upgraded Copilot with Lt Charles D. Haynes crew (324, 330); 2Lt James G. Force, upgraded CoPilot with Lt Lawrence T. Harding Crew (331). Other 26 missions flown as First Pilot. Completed 30 credited combat missions on 25 Apr 45 (Mission 364).
  • 2Lt Roy A. Kirkpatrick (CP): Missions flown: With 1Lt Peterson (All Peterson missions except four (323, 324, 330, 331); With 2Lt Marvin C. Richeson (324). Completed 27 credited combat missions on 25 Apr 1945 (Mission 364).
  • 2Lt Charles A. Mollmann (N): Missions flown: With 1Lt Peterson (All Peterson missions except one (323); With 2Lt Galt L. McClurg (327). Completed 30 credited combat missions on 25 Apr 1945 (Mission 364).
  • S/Sgt Robert P. Wilson (TOG), S/Sgt Denver E. Reed (E), S/Sgt Paul C. Strigle (R), S/Sgt John E. Hunsucker (BTG), Sgt William I. Borsody (TG) - Missions flown: With 1Lt Peterson (All Peterson missions except one (323). With other pilots - none. Completed 29 credited combat missions on 25 Apr 1945 (Mission 364).
  • S/Sgt Carl Davis (WG/TOG/TG) - Missions flown: Seven with 1Lt Peterson as Waist Gunner (324, 328, 330, 335, 336, 341, 345). Substitute Waist Gunners - S/Sgt Rose (323) and Sgt Rudolph Palsa (340). The other 21 1Lt Peterson missions flown without a Waist Gunner; Fourteen missions flown with other Pilots - As Waist Gunner (339, 342, 343, 344), As Tail Gunner (349), As Togglier - With Lt Warren F. Mauger (349, 355, 356, 357, 358, 361, 362), With other Pilots (340, 352, 354). Completed twenty-one credited combat missions on 17 Apr 1945 (Mission 362).

[photo courtesy of Charles A. Mollmann]
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]