Robert H. Weisberger, B-17 Pilot, 15th AF, 99th BG

Robert H. Weisberger, B-17 Pilot, 15th Air Force, 99th Bomb Group

Note: Here's what has been collected so far by Robert Tong, who is on Facebook. Any additional info. on this B-17 pilot would be great. Thank you.

-Kevin Callahan, 8th AFHS-MN Archivist


Lieut Robert H. Weisberger
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 13, 1945
Ohio, USA

He had a PT-22 training crash while landing in Cal..

Lt. Weisberger served in the Mediterranean theater for 10 months during World War II, and completed 50 missions as pilot of a B-17.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, and other honors.

Lt. Weisberger was killed Jan. 13, 1945, on a training flight in NW Ohio. He was survived by his parents, Edward and Estelle Weisberger of Los Angeles, and an older sister, Helen Weisberger Stewart.

Burial:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery 
Los Angeles County
California, USA



He enlisted on St. Patrick's Day in 1942, weighed 146 lbs.
Lt. Weisberger died on Jan. 13, 1945 after having flown 50 combat missions with the 15th Air Force and after having won the Distinguished Flying Cross
McComb, Ohio History (Jan.13, 1945)
70 yrs. ago on the 13th of this month Lieut. Robert H. Weisberger, a decorated World War II Bomber Pilot (B-17) who had served in the Mediterranean theater for 10 months as part of the 99th Bomb Group serving in North Africa crashed his plane just a few miles South West of McComb, Ohio
He had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, and other honors from his overseas tour.
Lt. Weisberger was killed while on a training flight from Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio to Romulus, Michigan Army Air Base and was on his way back when he apparently got lost and ran low on fuel and crashed while attempting to land in a snow-covered field. 
He was survived by his parents, Edward and Estelle Weisberger of Los Angeles, and an older sister, Helen Weisberger Stewart.
The crash took place at approx. 9:30 PM. The weather according to the Findlay, Ohio airport was light snow, scattered clouds at probable ceiling of 700 to 900 ft.
Lieut. Weisberger had been on the radio attempting to contact Columbus airport to get directions because he thought he was near that area. The Findlay radio operators heard him several times but did not respond to him as he circled the Findlay/McComb area because they felt he was in contact with Columbus on a different frequency. The last report as the plane started to sputter due to lack of fuel indicated that he had lowered his landing gear and was coming in.
It was felt that the pilot made contact with the ground, heading in a northeasterly direction, (into the wind) at a very high rate of speed, possibly in excess of 150 mph. The aircraft (UC-43 airplane, serial no.# 43-10820) rolled a few feet, nosed over in the deeper snow, scattering itself a distance of 210 yards, causing fatal injury to the pilot.
Lieut. Robert H. Weisberger was buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery 
Hollywood, California. 
Plot: Beth Olam Mausoleum
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