1/Lt. Robert K. Thacker


(Robert M. Littlefield)

1/Lt. Robert K. Thacker

338th FS - 23 September 1944 - 17 April 1945 (Prisoner of War)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D 44-15639

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
370 17 April 1945 Dresden
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes

ASN - O-759113
23 September 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
14 November 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
27 November 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
17 April 1945 - Prisoner of War
MACR No. 13919
2/Lt. Frederick C. Wirth Jr. reported: "As we were letting down near Dresden, Germany, we passed over an airfield, believed to be Riesa/Canitz, at 51 degrees, 18' N. - 13 degrees, 14' E. with quite a few planes on it.  We did a 180 degree turn and we passed over the field again at an altitude of 4,500 feet three bursts of flak (heavy) exploded right under Lt. Thacker's plane and immediately he began streaming black smoke.  He veered off to the northwest and I followed him, attempting to get tight on his wing for a good visual check on his plane but was unable to pull up there even with 55" and 2800 RPM.  About one and a half minutes after leaving the airfield he bailed out at an altitude of 3,000 feet.  We had radio communication but I could hardly understand him and was not much help to him.  I circled as his chute opened and he floated to the ground.  He landed safely and gathered up his chute and ran for the woods.  His aircraft hit the ground and exploded.  That was 1505 on 17 April 1945."

As the war in Europe was almost over at this time, record keeping became a bit sketchy.  Lt. Thacker was taken prisoner and sent to Moosburg, Stalag Luft VII A.  He was returned to military control May 2, 1945.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

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