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Ward, Robert C. - 2nd Lieut


Flying Fortress Pilot Was In 8th Air Force Raid, Nov. 29.

Former Rogers ROTC Sergeant Had Taken Part in 11 Attacks on Europe; Held Medal

Second Lieutenant Robert C. Ward, U. S. A., 21, pilot of a Flying Fortress, has been missing since November 29 when he took part in an air action in the European area, according to word received last Saturday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George F. Ward of 15 Channing street, in a telegram from the War Department.

No details concerning the action were given. Reports previously published said that on November 29 Flying Fortresses of the 8th Army Air Force, accompanied by and Lightning fighters, had raided a heavy screen of Thunderbolt Bremen, Sixteen fortresses were reported missing after that raid. The report of that flight said temperatures of 65 degrees below zero had caused ice to form on the plexite nose of the fortresses and made it difficult to see.

Lieutenant Ward had taken part in 11 raids, his parents said, and had recently been awarded the Air Medal for five flights, over enemy territory. In his last letter, which was received last Friday and written November 10, he mentioned a specific enemy target for the first time when he called his parent's attention to the published sories{sic} and pictures of the raid on Stuttgart, Sepember{sic} 6. In that letter he said he was sending his Air Medal to his mother.

He always wanted to be a flier, his parents said. When the Newport Airport was in operation he spent most of his spare time there learning about planes.

He was a sergeant in Rogers High School R. O. T. C. He was graduated in the class of 1911. In April 1942, he was accepted as an aviation cadet and was called for training in June of that year. He received his pre-flight training at Maxwell Field at Montgomery, Ala., primary training at Walnut Ridge, Ark., and advanced training at George Field, Lawrenceville, Ill. He was commissioned in March of this year and trained with the bomber crews at Pyote, Tex. He left for England in June, flying over in a Flying Fortress.

Mr. and Mrs. Ward said they would ask the Red Cross to find out if he is in a German prison camp.

Newport Mercury And Weekly News, Newport, RI 17 Dec 1943

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