Robert D KISLING

 

kisling robert d
NUMBER OF SERVICE6658162
AGE-- yo
DATE OF BIRTH--
ETATINDIANA
FAMILY--
RANKStaff Sergeant
FONCTIONGunner
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT

 

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IN
DATE of ENLISTEMENT

1942

 SQUADRON 423rd Bomb Squadron
 GROUP306th Bomb Group
ARMY8th US Air Force
DATE OF DEATH16 february 1943
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHSt. Nazaire
DATA PLAN

B-17 Fortress - type F-5-VE - s/n 42-5717 RD*F

b17

Macr: 15472

 Mission: Underwater Base Attack St-Nazaire (44)

Shot by fighter and flak around 12:00

Takeoff 09h00 Thurleigh, Bedfordshire UK

 

CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY of St James

Map of St James American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
I1511
DECORATION

Air Medal

Purple Heart

WWII Victory Medal

EAMEC

Gunner Badge

am

Photo FDLM

victory medal

EAMECampaignMedalOneBronzeStar

Air Force Gunner Wings

 

usaf  8air force  306bg 306bgh 423bs 
306th Bomber Group, Heavy
STORY

WARNER WILLIAM H crew

Crew of 42-5717

A search of the enlistment records maintained by National Archives Veterans Records has revealed no information concerning SSgt Robert D. Kisling. Other records contain information that his birth state was Indiana, and that his hometown could be Richmond, as he is noted as graduating from Richmond High School.

He was a crew member on a replacement B-17 combat crew that deployed to England in late 1942. The crew was assigned to the 423rd Bomb Squadron of the 306th Bomb Group.

On February 16, 1943, this crew flew as part of a bombing raid on the submarine docks at St. Naizare, France. Shortly after the bomb load was dropped, enemy fighters engaged the formation. Several made head-on attacks, resulting in the pilot being shot through the head. Although the co-pilot attempted to take control, he was unable to do so. Another attack left the radio operator wounded, and three of the gunners dead. The aircraft went into a tight spin, and at 600 feet altitude, an internal explosion blew the nose off the aircraft, and the bombardier was ejected. The aircraft crashed near Ville de Dan, France.

Although two of the crew survived and evaded, the only other survivor was the wounded radio operator who was taken prisoner. All others died.

SSgt Robert D. Kisling was eventually buried in the Brittany American Cemetery at St. James, France. He lies in Plot I, Row 11, Grave 7.


Crew of  B-17 Fortress - type F-5-VE - s/n 42-5717 RD*F


Capitaine

William H

WARNER

Pilot

Dead

Cim Brit Am St-James  

2nd Lieutenant

Arnold R

CARLSON

CoPilot

Dead

Cim Brit Am St-James  

1st Lieutenant

Lewis H

UTLEY

Navigator

Dead

Cim Brit Am St-James  

1st Lieutenant

Robert E

KYLIUS

Bomber

Escape
 

T/Sergeant

Clairborne W

WILSON

Mechanic  / Gunner

Escape
 

S/Sergeant

Colon E

NEELEY

Gunner G

Dead

Cim Zachary Taylor 1369 Kentucky

S/Sergeant

Robert D

KISLING

Gunner V

Dead

Cim Brit Am St-James  

S/Sergeant

Walter C

MORGAN

Gunner D

Dead

Cim Zachary Taylor 1369 Kentucky

S/Sergeant

William E

WILLIAMS

Gunner A

Dead

Cim Brit Am St-James

T/Sergeant

Eddie Frank

ESPITALLIER

Radio

Prisoner
 
b 17
warner william h b17

 

 

To the crew of B-17F 42-5717 8th Air Force, 306th BG, 423rd BS shot on February 16, 1943 in Guillac MORBIHAN

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