18 Nov. 1944 — Italy
Lt Robert Tee Noland was KIA during WWII, he was in the 310th Bomb Group, 380th Bomb Squadron and a Commissioned Bombardier in the B-25 # 43-27796. on 18 November, 1944 (Based on Corsica) they were shot-down over Italy.
ACTIVITY DURING WWII
RECEIVED PURPLE HEART; WAS KILLED OVER MODERA, ITALY, NOVEMBER 18, 1944.
BOMBARDIER ON B-25; WAS BASED ON CORSICA. HE HAD COMPLETED ALL HIS MISSIONS
AND WAS WAITING FOR A RIDE BACK TO THE STATES WHEN HE VOLUNTEERED FOR THIS
FLIGHT WHEN THE SCHEDULED VOLUNTEER TURNED UP SICK. HE WAS IN THE LEAD PLANE;
IT CAUGHT FIRE; BUT INSTEAD OF EJECTING, HE HAD A DIRECT HIT ON RAIL CENTER
(FOR TROOPS GOING TO GERMANY) AND WENT DOWN WITH HIS PLANE. HE WAS ALSO
RECOGNIZED WITH PURPLE HEART FOR FLYING RECONNAISSANCE OVER ROMMEL IN AFRICA.
From Carson Bauer; Jan 2012;
Florence is my Grandmother and Brother of Tee Noland. She has vivid memories of him being able to play most instruments and was always playing in some sort of band prior to his service. I think he was quite debonair and popular with the ladies. Not as much of scholar but certainly a jolly good fellow... much to his father’s dismayJ We could probably work something out via the phone with Flo Baur so let’s put that on the radar screen. Drew Baur was my Uncle and Brother of my Dad, Edward Turner (Tee) Baur. My father who is named after Tee Noland has all sorts of memorabilia from North Africa, etc (photos, German soldier patches, may be a flight log)… I need to get a hold of it and then can provide you with a list of what we have to see what might be of interest.
LTC Randolph Reeves is still alive and I have several historical pieces on his squadron and his service. His plane was the Dallas Darling. I have thoroughly enjoyed my deep dive into the hard work you and your crew have accomplished. Archiving all this treasured information is of the utmost importance. Too many have forgotten why we have what we do today. All the best - CFB
U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945 Name: Edward T Noland Jr
Gender: Male; Race: White; Religion: Protestant; Cemetery Name: Missouri
Disposition: According to next of kin; (Father) Service Branch: Army (US AAC)
Rank: First Lieutenant; Service Number: 1032468
(More info to come) 57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher, Barbi Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com with John T Fitzgerald and Patti Johnson, the WWII and 57th BW Historical Research Team.