668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

1Lt. Robert Rose ("Swede") Svenson

Pilot,  O-752453

Killed In Action - Dec 25, 1944

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 1919, New Jersey

Entered Military Service: Date: 20-Mar-1942 At: Ft Benjamin Harrison, IN From: Cuyahoga County, Ohio
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 35044028

Buried: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Hombourg, Belgium, Plot F Row 12 Grave 27

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry     Overseas American Cemeteries
American Battle Monuments Commission Memorial, Certificate
Fields of Honor Database

Six Clevelanders Among War Dead; Three in Pacific

Two killed in Same PlaneOver Belgium; One in Holland

Lieut. Robert R. Svenson, 25, husband of Mrs. Orsula Svenson, 2212 Delarare Drive, Cleveland Heights, and sone of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Svenson, 2210 E. 224th Street, Euclid, killed Dec. 25 over Belgium.

Sergt. Philip G. Fild, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Fild, 9421 Denison Avenue S.W., killed Dec. 25 over Belgium while serving as a gunner on the plane piloted by Lieut. Svenson.

Piloting Invader

Lieut. Svenson was piloting an Invader fighter-bomber in which he and Sergt. Fild were killed when the plane was hit by antiaircraft fire over Belgium.

Lieut. Svenson was an East High School graduate and worked for the Platers Supply Co. Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by a brother, Corp. George B. Jr., at Camp Perry, and two sisters Mrs. Richard Carleton, Jr., and Miss Dorothy Svenson.

Sert. Fild attended West Technical High School and worked for the S. K. Wllman Co. Two sisters, Mrs. Thelma Danzey and Mrs. Helen White, survive him in addition to his parents.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

The number two plane in Captain Prentiss' flight was shot down shortly after. One engine was smoking as the plane fell earthward and exploded near Losheim. No chutes were seen. The pilot of this plane, An A-26 Invader, was Lt R.R. Svenson; his gunner, Staff Sergeant P.G. Fild. Both crews are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 11667 and Mission # 177

Photos and Documents
1920 US Census
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Tuesday, January 16, 1945, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), Page 8
Tuesday, May 29, 1945, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), Page 9
Headstone Inscription and Interment Record
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry
National World War II Memorial Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission Certificate

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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