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Robert G. Lankford

Robert G. Lankford - WWII Radio Operator and gunner

Robert G. Lankford - 2002

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First Name Middle Initial:
Robert G.
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Street: 126 E. Elm St. City & State:  Albion, IL E-Mail: 
Zip: 62806 Phone: 618-445-3978 Spouse:  
Conflict: World War II Service Branch: Army Air Corps Unit: 15th Air Force, 376th BG, 515 SQ
Theater:  European Where Captured:  Shot down south of Pottendorf, Austria over Lake Neusiedler. Date Captured:  Shot down May 30, 1944; captured May 31, 1944 in Hungary
Camps Held In:  Hospital in Budapest, Hungary; Stalag Luft IV How Long Interned:  340 days
Liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated:  May 6, 1945 Age at Capture: 
Medals Received: Purple Heart, POW Medal, Air Medal with clusters, European-Middle Eastern Campaign with 4 Battle Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal
Military Job:  Radio Operator, nose turret gunner- B-24 Bomber Company: 
Occupation after War:  Farmer, Insurance Exec., Real Estate Agent




Robert G. Lankford was born near Browns, Illinois on October 11, 1923.  He attended the Browns Community schools and six months at the Lockyear Business College in Evansville, IN.  Lankford was inducted into the Army Air Corps on January 16, 1943 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN.  He married Clara F. Lankford of Ellery, IL on December 19,1942 and they will celebrate their 60th anniversary this year (2002).  Seven children were born in this union.  They have four living children and 10 grandchildren.  Lankford was discharged from the Army on October 18,1945. He farmed in Edwards County, IL, near Albion, from 1945-1973.  He was Executive Secretary for Farmer's Mutual Insurance Co. until retirement in 1990.  He has spent his retirement enjoying hunting, fishing, the farm and his grandchildren's activities.  For several years, he spoke to many school classes about his WWII and POW experience.


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