1/Lt. Robert K. Harbeck


(Robert M. Littlefield)

1/Lt. Robert K. Harbeck

338th FS - 07 September 1944 - 27 November 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D 44-14204 "Skylark"

Mission History

Not known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
277 27 November 1944 Bingen
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes

From California
ASN - O-763583
07 September 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
23 October 1943 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
27 November 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 10539

Capt. Harry E. Larson reported: "1/Lt. Robert K. Harbeck, who was flying #4 in my flight, called out at approximately 1100 hours, this date, that his engine had quit and he was bailing out.  My wingman, Lt. Kenneth W. Griffith, and myself followed him down thru the overcast but did not see any chute.  We stayed in the area for several hours and observed ASR Spits, P-47's and launches in the area but no sign of Lt. Harbeck.

Lt. Harbeck was returning from a combat mission and went down in the English Channel approximately 30 miles east of Manston, England.  The name of his airplane was "Skylark".  Lt. Harbeck was from California and his name is on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Military Cemetery, Coton, Cambridge, England.

Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

Awards
Memories One of Lt. Harbeck's friends reported that he made the following statement just before bailing. "I'm at 5,000 feet, three cheers and a bucket of shit and here I go."

Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

   

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