671st BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Robert Ray Williamson

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  19139625

Killed In Action - Apr 23, 1944

671st Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 18-Oct-1917, Callaway County, Missouri

Entered Military Service: Date: 13-Oct-1942 At: San Francisco, CA From: Alameda County, California
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 19139625

Buried: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, Section O Site 1020

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

Final Rites Tuesday In California for S.Sgt. Williamson

Final burial services for Staff Sgt. Robert R. Williamson, AAF, brother of Mrs. Fletcher Smith of Hayward, Calif., will be held tomorrow afternoon at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, Calif. Sgt. Williamson's and Mrs. Smith's mother, Mrs. W. R. Higins, lives at San Leandro, Calif.

Sgt. Williamson, Eighth [sic] Air Force, was shot down over France April 23, 1944.

Mrs. and Mrs. Smith, former owners of the Victory Bar, now live at 20892 Western boulevard, Hayward.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

From the archives of the 671st Bomb Sq.:

Today was another dark Sunday for this Squadron in particular. Take off for another "No-Ball"- Bonnieres - was in the mid-morning. Up to the target area nothing of importance happened except for some inaccurate flak. The second box took an extremely long (1-1/2 minutes) bomb run for a known well defended target. It was on this run that Lt. Joseph T. Schouten, flying number four in the lead flight second box, received a hit on his right engine. He held position, however, until additional direct hits blew the entire fuselage off directly behind the wing, and the forward section of the plane tumbled to the ground. No chutes were seen to open. Though the crew are officially " Missing in Action", the Squadron has reconciled itself to the loss of Lt. Schouten, S/Sgt. (sic) Feistl and S/Sgt. Williamson. Sgt. Feistl had received the Purple Heart and a cluster for injuries sustained on previous missions with this Group.

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Plane was hit in turret section of fuselage by direct flak burst

For the first time the crews saw one of their own planes broken in half by flak over the target. The crew, 2nd Lt. Joseph T. Schouten, S/Sgt. Robert R. Williamson, and Sgt. Joseph E. Feistl, are all listed as "Missing in Action".
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 4095 and Mission # 26

Photos and Documents
1920 US Census
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Marriage Record
The above report erroneously lists the aircraft as a "Boston Marauder". It was in fact a Douglas A-20G Havoc.
Daily Review (Hayward, California) 14 Nov 1944, Tue Page 2
Moberly Monitor-Index (Moberly, Missouri) 13 Jun 1949, Mon Page 6
Interment Control Form
Interment Control Form
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

"Goin' Home" courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Band