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Robert Arthur Beltz

Graduating Class of 1944
Served in World War II
Attached photograph of Technical Sergeant Beltz

Technical Sergeant
Robert Arthur Beltz

733rd Bombardment Squadron
453rd Bomber Group


Wausau, WI

Date of Birth

Location of Death

North Sea

Date of Death

Location of Burial

St. Joseph Cemetery, Wausau, WI

More About Technical Sergeant Beltz

Technical Segeant Beltz enlisted Aug. 8, 1942. He was assigned to the 733rd Bomb Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force in Europe. Beltz was the radio operator on the B-24 Liberator s/n 42-51149, nicknamed "Blood and Guts." The B-24 received its rather gory nickname after it suffered a bird strike while on a test flight. On Feb. 17, 1945, Blood And Guts took off for a bombing mission over Magdeburg, Germany. During the flight, the mission was recalled and the B-24 attempted to return to base. While on its way back, Blood And Guts suffered severe icing, and the pilot, First Lieutenant Lawrence Duncan, was forced to ditch the plane in the North Sea. Along with Beltz, five other crewmembers were killed, including two identical twins, Joe and Jack Hensley. Sergeant Beltz's remains were never recovered, and he is memorialized at the Missing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in England, as well as a cenotaph at Saint Joseph Memorial Cemetery in Wausau.