Robert Glenn Hampton
Born 1923, Tennessee
Died 18 March 1944, Germany
392nd Bomber Group, 579th Bomber Squadron, Heavy, 8th Air Force.
Robert G. Hampton hailed from Chattanooga, TN. “Glenn”, as he was known, was the son of Camuel A. and Dora Y. Hampton and brother of Mary Jo Hampton (Zorn) and Sue Hampton (Garrett). He was an honor graduate of Central High School in Chattanooga, TN and attended the University of Chattanooga for a short period. Prior to his military service, he was employed as a draftsman at Combustion Engineering. He entered the military at Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. and trained at Alamogordo, New Mexico. After finishing his training, just prior to being assigned to England, he had an emergency appendectomy which prevented him from taking leave before leaving for England. He preferred to stay with his group. He was described as a very loyal and dedicated young man.
On 18 March 1944, Aircraft B-24H, Serial number 41-28742, Nickname Old Glory, was on a bombardment mission to Friedrichshafen, Germany. The aircraft was downed by a fighter. Flames were seen on the flight deck. A/C was last seen under control, flying very low. Eight chutes seen. The aircraft crashed 1500 meter northeast of the community of Hardt near Schramberg, county of Rottweil, Germany. 6 Crew members were recovered (Hampton, Gray, Porter, Norris, Slack, Brooks), 3 were burned with no identification possible. S/Sgt Strickler was the only survivor.
Pilot: 1st Lt Dallas O. Brooks
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt Harry E. Gray
Navigator: Capt John E. Slowik
Armorer Gunner S/Sgt Clifford T. Porter
Radio Operator: T/Sgt George E. Slack
Assistant Radio Operator: S/Sgt Chester C. Strickler
Engineer: S/Sgt Everette N. Morris
Assistant Engineer S/Sgt Daniel C. Jones
Armorer Gunner: S/Sgt Robert G. Hampton
Armorer Gunner: S/Sgt Norman K. Willig
S/Sgt Hampton and S/Sgt Porter from Washington, are interred with Pvt Fred Gyure from Illinois (aircraft 42-7518) and 1st Lt Rex Johnson from Kansas (aircraft 42-52465) at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Sec 84 Site 36-38.
- Rank: Staff Sergeant
- Date of death: 18 March 1944
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 392nd Bomber Group, 579th Bomber Squadron, Heavy
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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