Friday, August 14, 2015

Robert Kramer, Lt. US Army Air Corps

Robert Kramer, the B-17 pilot remembered in the last post, was killed on his 3rd mission on 10 October 1943. He was listed as MIA for years. He had named the plane for his wife, Leona. It was mis-recorded as "Lena" in the after action report.

His plane was one of 313 bombers to make that raid. 30 of those bombers were lost. 13 of the lost planes came from the 100th Bomb Group.

That's one mission on one day.

Here's the information from the raid report as posted on the 100th Bomb Group website.

A/C 42-3433 "LENA" 350TH LN-WMACR #1024, Micro fiche 339
2ND LT ROBERT P. KRAMER P KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT EDWARD F. CONNELLY, JR. CP POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT HUGH S. GEIGER, JR NAV POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
2ND LT THOMAS B. CASEY, JR BOM POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT DEAN O. TODD TTE POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
T/SGT JAMES A. WATKINS ROG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT DONALD M. GLAZE BTG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT GEORGE A. WHITE RWG KIA 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT FRED B. MOORE LWG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
S/SGT HARVEY F. JAMES TG POW 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER
350th Sqdn. This the 3rd mission for this crew, having flown the first one 4 Oct 43. (Hanau)
SEE: "MUNSTER: The Way It Was" by Ian Hawkins p. 133, 134, 363, 352
Reply from Geiger Oct. 1990: Plane named "Leona" after wife of R. P. Kramer.
From statements in the MACR file it would appear three men were killed were unable to bail out prior to the ship entering a spin and finally exploding. Gieger (Lt Hugh E. Gieger, Jr. ) said he personally examined the dog tags and they had the appearance of being burned. Kramer (Lt Robert P. Kramer) was at the nose exit ready to jump, when he turned back for one last verification all crew members had bailed out. This gallant action cost the popular Bob Kramer his life.
German reports pinpoint the crash site and time as 1515 hours 10 Oct 1943 "at Lambeck near Wulfen, 100 meters north of Schloss Lembeck. " Interment was on 14 Oct 1943 at Catholic cemetery, Lambeck in Row #1 graves 10, 11 and 12.

1 comment:

Borepatch said...

This is very touching. And only one of many incidents from that war.