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"War is hell, I know because I went through the worst part of it." (Pilot's log book, page 15)

   Robert Harlan Horr
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Robert Horr, Fort Madison, IA [1/1944]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 74th Troop Carrier Squadron, 434th Troop Carrier Group
Service Location: Stuttgart Army Air Field, Arkansas; Crookston, North Dakota; Okmulgee, Oklahoma; European Theater; South Plains Army Air Field, Lubbock, Texas; Bowman Field, Louisville, Maxton Army Air Field, North Carolina; Kentucky; Bear Mountain, Oklahoma; Aldermaston, England
Rank: Flight Officer
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While the paratrooper units have garnered much of the popular attention in the historical memory of D-Day, glider units also played a role in the airborne invasion. These aircraft operated without engines, and thus moved silently, and enabled troops to land more precisely than paratroopers dropped from a plane. Serving with the 74th Troop Carrier Squadron, Army Air Corps flight officer Robert Harlan Horr spent June 6th soaring into Normandy on a glider. His pilot's log book entry for the day includes notations of solo cross-country trips, blitz bombings, and a final, heartbreaking entry on D-Day, in which he describes losing his close friend and comrade Buck Jackson. Tragically, while he survived the invasion, he was killed in a glider accident in England before the end of the war.

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Citation of Honor signed by General H. H. Arnold Certificate signed by President Roosevelt: "In Grateful Memory of Flight Officer Robert Horr" 
  
 
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