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Staff Sgt. Robert L. Moshier - MIA, Fallen

Fargo, ND
County: Cass
World War II - MIA, Fallen
Date of Loss: October 8, 1945
Branch of Service: Air Force
Company/Division: 327th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy

Staff Sgt. Moshier was a B-17 tail gunner, assigned to 92nd BGKIA. Flying aboard 43-38434, was hit by flak on a mission to Zwickau.

MOSHIER, Robert L  "Bud"

Servicenumber: 37574635

 

MOSHIER Robert L 01

 

MOSHIER Robert L 02

 

Age: Not available
Born: 1925, North Dakota
Hometown: Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota
Family: Heber Moshier (father)
Margaret (Thomaier) Moshier (mother)
Betty L. Moshier (sister)
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Function: Tail Gunner
Regiment: -
Battalion: -
Division – Transport: 8th Air Force
Company – Squadron: 327th Bomber Squadron
Unit – Group: 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy
Plane data: (Serialnumber, MACR, etc.) Serialnumber: 43-38434
Type: B-17G
Destinationm: Zwickau, Germany
Mission: Bombing targets of opportunity, Airfield and Motor vehicle factory
MACR: 9345
Date of death: 8 October 1945
Status: FOD
Place of death: Near Emmerich, Germany
Spot: Not available
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Walls of the Missing
Cemetery: American War Cemetery Margraten
Biography: -
Other information:

Three fortresses were observed in distress. (A) A B-17 was seen in a spin at 13,000 feet altitude, at 5129N-1353E. Three chutes were seen. A/C was out of control. (B) A B-17 was observed under control but out of formation at 5235N-0435E at 18,000 feet. No apparent damage could be seen by observing A/C. (C) A B-17 suspected to be that of Lt Kerr, in A/C 434 MIA today, was seen North of Dresden at 23,000 feet, heading 270 degrees. Number three engine was smoking and had been feathered. Number two engine was feathered. He was heard calling for fighter protection and called out over VHF that he was headed for Brussels.

The plane crashed in the Rhine river near Emmerich, Germany and the Dutch border,
5 POW, 5 KIA.

Source of information: André Koch, Terry Hirsch, www.abmc.govwww.wwiimemorial.comwww.fold3.comwww.ancestry.com - 1930 Census / Family Tree, North Dakota Statue University , ABC News

Photo source: André Koch, North Dakota Statue University , ABC News, Fargo Central High School Yearbook  1942