Robert Cinibulk was born on February 21, 1921 and was from New York.. He served as the Left Waist Gunner on B-17 “Lazy Baby” (42-308410) of the 364th Bomber Squadron, 305th Bomber Group “Can Do” based out of Chelveston, (Station 105), England.
On October 14, 1943, “Lazy Baby” was on a mission to bomb ball bearing factories in Schweinfurt, Germany (Mission 115) with another 320 bombers on a day now called “Black Thursday” due to the heavy losses. “Lazy Baby” was severely damaged but Pilot Dienhart was able to avoid enemy fighters and crashed landed in Switzerland. Enroute to Switzerland Crewmembers Bolin and Blalock bailed out and became German POWs. Navigator Rowley died from the day after landing from wounds received while flying; Crew members Johnson and Smith recovered form wounds and joined the rest of the crew at the Adelboden internment camp in Switzerland. All crewmembers except for Rowley returned back to the US at the end of the war.
FROM FIND A GRAVE:Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Pennsylvania by his beloved grandmother Anna “Baba” Cinibulk. He joined the Army Air Corps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Bob attended flight engineer school and served with the 8th Air Corps, 305th Bomb Group, 364th squadron. Bob was a staff sergeant at 21 years old and served as a waist gunner aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress called the “Lazy Baby”. His actions during the "Black Thursday" raid earned him the prestigious Purple Heart medal, among many others. Subsequent to his military service, Bob spent over 30 years mastering the automobile repair industry and was an International Advisory Committee Member of I-CAR. He was also a proud member of VFW Post 392. Was on cemetery detail of burying the American dead. Also was made part of the underground because he spoke Polish. He was first generation Czechoslovakian.