671st BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

1Lt. Robert Edmond Stockwell

Pilot,  O-671710

Killed In Action - May 12, 1944

671st Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 26-Jul-1917, Goldfield, Esmeralda County, Nevada

Entered Military Service: Date: 31-Mar-1942 At: La Fayette, IN From: Marion County, Indiana
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 15095429

Buried: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri, Plot: Section 84 Site 387-391

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

First Lieutenant Robert Edmond Stockwell

First Lieutenant Robert Edmond Stockwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Stockwell, was born in Goldfield, Nevada, July 26, 1917. Early in life he moved with his family to Indianapolis where he attended grade and high school. He was a gradate of Arsenal Technical High School of the city. He was a member of the high school R.O.T.C, attaining the rank of captain. Early in life he united with the Barth Place Methodist Church, attending there with his family for many years. In recent years he and his wife and daughter were regular attendants at the Olive Branch Christian Church. In civilian life he was employed by Switzer-Cummins.

In 1942 he offered his services to his country in the armed forces. On March 31, 1942 he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet, and was sworn in at Lafayette, Indiana, on that date. On June 16 he was called to begin his training for active service as a pilot, being stationed during his training period at Kelly Field, Hicks Field, Randolph Field, and Brooks Field in Texas. On February 16, 1943, he was graduated, receiving his commission as Second Lieutenant. This was followed with additional periods of training at Lake Charles, Louisiana, Orlando, Florida, and Laruel, Mississippi. In November 1943 he was promoted to First Lieutenant, and in January 1944 was called to overseas duty.

After arrival overseas Lieutenant Stockwell was made Flight Leader, and piloted an A-20 Light Bomber. He was shot down May 12, 1944, while over France, being on his twenty third mission.

He is survived in death by his wife, Marguerite A. Stockwell, a daughter Linda Ann, one year old, his parents, and two brothers, Sergeant George F. Stockwell, Army Air Corps, and Private First Class William H. Stockwell, United States Marines.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

From the archives of the 671st Bomb Sq.:

"Lt. Stockwell had been with the 671st Squadron since last July [1943]. He rose to the position of flight leader and was one of the key men in the Group. He was liked and admired by everyone and his loss is deeply felt."


The afternoon mission on 12 May 44, the 46th for the 416th Bomb Group was to a Noball site at Beauvoir, France. On the bomb run, Lt. Stockwell's aircraft received a direct hit in the open bomb bay, just after release of their bombs, causing an explosion within the aircraft. Ssgt Rust was the tunnel gunner and able to exit through the ventral opening. Lt. Jedinak, the Bombardier/Navigator, after much difficulty, was able to clear the aircraft through his escape hatch. Lt. Stockwell and Ssgt Foster went down with the aircraft. This sensational photo was widely published at the time and since.

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. While on bomb run just after the release of bombs, aircraft received direct hit from flak under bomb bay. Flames exploded aircraft [unreadable].

One plane received a direct hit from flak while in the target area. It burst into flames and crashed a mile west of the target. Two chutes were seen to come out of the plane. Its crew was 1st Lt Robert E. Stockwell, pilot, 2d Lt Albert Jedinak, bombardier-navigator, S/Sgt Hollis A. Foster and S/Sgt Egon W. Rust, gunners. Lt Stockwell had been with the Group almost from the beginning of its existence.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 4634 and Mission # 46

Photos and Documents
1920 US Census
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
A/C 43-10129
A/C 43-10129 flown by 1st Lt. Robert E. Stockwell on 12 May 44
The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana), 21 Oct 1944, Sat, Page 18
The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana), 19 Oct 1944, Thu, Page 12
Mount Carmel Item (Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania), 24 May 1944, Wed, Page 3
Interment Control Form
Interment Control Form
Interment Control Form
Headstone Memorial
Headstone Memorial
Headstone Memorial
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