graduated from Alderson HS in 1941. In 1942 he found himself in
the Army Air Force training to become a Radio Operator/Gunner.
In 1943 he was assigned to Lt. Clarke Johnson's crew on a B-17
in the 349th Bomb Squadron in the 100th Bomb Group of the US 8th
Army Air Force. Their first mission from Thorpe Abbotts airfield
was to Berlin. After a savage attack from Luftwaffe fighters,
their bomber went down before reaching the target. Sgt. Black
and 2 other crew members made it out and parachuted to safety.
Bobby spent the next 360 days as a kriegie in Dulag Luft, Stalag
Luft IV, Stalag XIIId and Stalag VIIb before being liberated by
elements of General Patton's 3rd Army.
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