Bobbie R Rankin


Name: Bobbie R Rankin

First Name(s): Bobbie R
Last Name: Rankin

Place of birth: Kansas, Cowley Cnty, Arkansas City

Rank: 1 Lt Pilot
ASN: O-756022
Company: 428th F Sqdrn
Unit: 474th Fighter Grp 9th USAAF

Reported as: KIA
Date of incident: 25-12-1944
Place of incident: Grandmenil area

His story: Aircraft Lockheed LIGHTNING type P-38J-15-LO #43-28823, took off from Airbase Florennes, Belgium on December 25, 1944 for a strafing and dive bombing mission. It’s Pilot 1 Lt Bobbie R Rankin was leading Red flight. This Task Force located the target and made their bombs run. It was necessary to make two passes on the target and on the second pass Red leader, Lt Rankin hit the ground and explode. Location of crash was north east of Laroche and 1 mile south east of Grandménil, Belgium at grid of P-545877. The time was 13.55h.
Destination: the battle ground in the La Roche area, Belgium at that time of the Battle of the Bulge
Mission: Dive Bombing & Strafing
MACR: 11900

Unit history of 474th Fighter Group

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