New England Air Museum
Robert J. Ahrens
 
Recent Address:  

30 Provincetown Lane, Apt. 2, Orchard Park, NY 14127

Email:  

 

Family Information:  

Parents: William and Emma; Wife: Jayne; Siblings: Whilma, Elsworth, William

Hometown:  

Hamburg, NY

Date Entered Service:  

July 21, 1943

Service Number:  

42021196

Bomb Group:  

468th

Squadron:  

794th

Location of Unit:  

 

Missions Flown:  

 

Hump Missions Flown:  

 

Targets:  

 

Awards/Decorations:  

 

Service Schools Attended:  

Fort Myers, FL 1944; Lincoln, NE 1944; Clovis, NM 1944

Military Specialty(ies):  

MOS 2867-Radar Mechanic Operator, MOS 611-Aerial Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:  

S/Sgt

Crew Type:  

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:  

 

Were you a POW?  

No

Were you interned?  

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:  

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:  

November 3, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:  

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Precision Lens Grinder - Mounted lenses for telescopes, binoculars and periscopes 1941-1943; Bank Teller, Akron, NY; Bank Officer - Marine Midland Bank for 35 years.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I'm sure I can say for my husband that he was very proud of his service. His association with the members of the crew of "Jack's Hack" meant a great deal to him. The men were very close. I would say closer than brothers. Their lives depended on each other. It has been a pleasure for me to be able to be in contact with most of them.

Comments:

Bob and I were married when he was in cadet training at Clemson, SC. I lived in Clemson for two months just to see him one hour a day. After he was shipped out of Clemson, I followed him until he went overseas. I had never even been on a train before that. What an adventure for a 20 year old!

Jayne Ahrens, Widow of Robert Ahrens

Robert passed away April 28 1994.

Radar Mech Bombardier of "Jack's Hack"

  


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