1/Lt. Robert K. Fruh


(NARS)

1/Lt. Robert K. Fruh

338th FS - 19 November 1943 - 31 October 1944

Assigned Aircraft

Not Known

Mission History

Completed Tour of Duty

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
31 05 January 1944 Kiel (White 2)
45 10 February 1944 Brunswick (Blue 2)
49 21 February 1944 Werl
57 04 March 1944 Berlin
63 18 March 1944 Friedrichshafen
97 21 May 1944 Chattanooga No.1
153 16 June 1944 Arras and St. Pol
231 11 September 1944 Ruhland
Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Score Detail 10 February 1944  Me-110 destroyed (air) Brunswick
18 March 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) E/French Border
18 March 1944  (2)Me-109 probable (air) E/French Border
11 September 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) S/Meiningen
Notes

Born on 04 September 1921
Known as 'Bob'
01 April 1941 - Enlisted in Grand Forks, ND
ASN at Enlistment - 20760841
Home of Record - Minot, North Dakota
ASN - O-748953
19 November 1943 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
05 February 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
21 February 1944 - Belly-landed at Nuthampstead in P-38J CL-A, on return from a mission. Lt. Fruh was uninjured in the crash.
23 February 1944 - Awarded 1st Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
26 March 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
28 March 1944 - Awarded 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
05 April 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
21 May 1944 - Appointed Flight Commander of "D" Flight
16 June 1944 - Crash landed, RAF Station Manston, England in a P-38J.  The plane was a write-off.
03 July 1944 - Appointed Assistant Squadron Operations Officer
06 July 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross
23 October 1944 - Awarded 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
23 October 1944 - Awarded 4th Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
23 October 1944 - Awarded 5th Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
31 October 1944 - Completed Tour of Duty
31 October 1944 - Transferred to the 70th Replacement Depot

Passed away on 16th June 1997 in Bismarck, ND, at the age of 75 years.

Awards
Memories 'Fruh was my favourite and we remained in contact until he died in 1997. You may not know he was a very good tap dancer at time of his death.' (S. Richardson Jr. Sept 2006)
   

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