Personnel Index - Detail

Name
ARMSTRONG
First Names
Robert Gow
Rank
F/Lt
Service
RAF
Service Number
111560
Crew Position
Pilot
Age
22
Date of Death
27/04/1944
Cemetery

 

Awarded the DFC.

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke



26/27 April, 1944; SCHWEINFURT:

Mosquitoes of 627 Squadron, Woodhall Spa, used 5 Group's low-level marking technique for the first time. The attempt was not accurate and much of the bombing fell outside Schweinfurt.
The squadron was to suffer the heavy loss of three crews this night: F/Lt Bob Armstrong DFC and crew were all killed and are buried alongside each other in the Durnbach War Cemetery in Germany.

Lancaster ND687 (EA-)
F/L R.G. Armstrong DFC Pilot (Killed)
Sgt D.E. Endean F/E (Killed)
F/S R.G. Osborne NAV (Killed)
Sgt S.F. Foster W/OP (Killed)
Sgt D.J. Cooper A/G (Killed)
W/O L.T. Kennedy RCAF B/A (Killed)
P/O T.H. Morris RCAF A/G (Killed)

F/Lt Armstrong had already completed one tour with 49Sqn and was on the fifth trip of a second tour of operations


Information concerning his first tour of operations:

22 February, 1943.......on this day F/O Armstong and crew were posted out as 'tour expired', having been with the squadron since June 1942.

Each member was posted to a training unit where they could pass on their invaluable combat experience;

F/O Armstrong went to 1485 Bombing and Gunnery Flight at Fulbeck.

He flew 31 operations as captain and 2 as second pilot.