Colonel Robert G. Emmens

Colonel Robert G. Emmens (HM29W6)

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Horry County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 39.761', W 78° 56.388'

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In April 1942, Robert G. Emmens was one of Jimmy Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders as lieutenant and copilot in Crew No. 8. After dropping bombs on Tokyo, Emmens' B-25 made it to a field outside of Vladivostok, Soviet Union, and was held captive by the Russians for 13 months until his escape through Persia. Colonel Emmens later wrote a book about his experience as a captive, Guests of the Kremlin.

Colonel Emmens was assigned to command the newly activated 4434th Air Base Squadron which was tasked to supervise construction on the rehabilitation of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in 1955. On July 25, 1956, the 342nd Fighter-Day Wing with three squadrons (33rd, 572nd and 573rd) was activated, along with the 342nd Air Base Group. Colonel Emmens was the Wing Commander.

On September 10, 1956, the 342nd Fighter Day Wing received a new commander, Colonel Francis S. Gabreski. Colonel Emmens assumed the role of Deputy Base Commander at that time. Colonel Emmens retired from the United States Air Force in 1964.
HM NumberHM29W6
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Date Added Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 691019 N 3726660
Decimal Degrees33.66268333, -78.93980000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.761', W 78° 56.388'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 45.66" N, 78° 56' 23.28" W
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Area Code(s)803, 843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1348 Peterson Street, Myrtle Beach SC 29577, US
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