Robert J. Ahrens

Recent Address: 30 Provincetown Lane, Apt. 2, Orchard Park, NY 14127
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Family Info: 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
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Service Schools: Fort Myers, FL 1944; Lincoln, NE 1944; Clovis, NM 1944
MOS: MOS 2867-Radar Mechanic Operator, MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: S/Sgt
Crew Type: Flight crew
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Date Discharged: November 3, 1945
Post WWII 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 About the 58th: 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!

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