Robert M. Lasker

Commissioned in Air Corps

LT. ROBERT M. LASKER
Robert M. Lasker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Lasker, Oakwood Place, received his wings and commission as Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, upon graduation from the largest navigation training school in the Army Air Forces Training Command at Selman Field, Monroe, LA on April 22.

Lieutenant Lasker is spending a leave at his home here and will leave on May 4 for Lincoln, NE for operational and replacement training with bomber crews.

Lieutenant Lasker enlisted as an Air Corps Cadet in June 1942, while a student at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and was called for training in February 1943. He graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1943.  


Private First Class H. Richard Lasker and Private First Class Gerald D. Olson were graduated from the Army Air Forces Training Command Aerial Gunnery School at Harlingen Field, TX on July 1 and were awarded gunner's wings.

Private First Class Lasker is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Lasker, Oakwood Place, and Private First Class Olson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Olson, 604 Churchill Street.

They entered the service on February 9, 1944 and received their basic training at Miami Beach, FL. They were then transferred to the gunnery school at Harlingen, TX.

Both are 1943 graduates of Eau Claire High School and attended Eau Claire State Teachers College, prior to entering the service.

Lieutenant Robert Lasker, brother of Private First Class Lasker, is stationed at Kearney Field, NE at present, where he is a navigator on a B-17. He is expected to leave for foreign duty this week.


IN ENGLAND
Second Lieutenant Robert M. Lasker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Lasker, Oakwood Place, recently completed an orientation course designed to bridge the gap between training in the United States and combat soldiering against the enemy in France, according to a dispatch from the Air Service Command Station in England.

Fortress Pilot Listed Missing Over Germany
LT. ROBERT LASKER
Lieutenant Robert Lasker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Lasker, Oakwood Place, has been reported missing over Germany on September 28. He is a pilot on a B-17 Flying Fortress. Lieutenant Lasker was based in England. 

He entered the service in February 1943 and received his wings and commission in April of this year. He went overseas on July 17.

His brother, Corporal H. Richard Lasker, is an Aerial Gunner, stationed at Muroc, CA.


Message Tells of Crash of Missing Pilot's Bomber
LT. ROBERT LASKER 
Mr.. and Mrs. Herman Lasker,  Oakwood Place, have received  word from the War Department, telling of the crash of a bomber piloted by their son, Lieutenant Robert Lasker, who was reported missing over Germany on September 28, 1944. However, no further light is thrown on the fate of the Eau Claire Airman, and his "missing" status continues. 

The War Department message is as follows:

"Further information has been received, indicating that Lieutenant Lasker was a crew member of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber which departed from England on a bombardment mission to Magdeburg, Germany on September 28.  The report indicates that during this mission, at about 11:50 a.m. in the vicinity of the target, your son's bomber sustained damage from enemy anti-aircraft fire, left the formation, and fell to the earth. Inasmuch as the crew members of accompanying planes were unable to obtain any further details regarding the loss of Lieutenant Lasker's aircraft, the foregoing constitutes all the information presently available."

Mr. and Mrs. Lasker and daughter Babette leave Friday, December 21, for Los Angeles to spend the holidays with their son Richard, who is in training as a crew member of a Liberator B-24 at Muroc, CA..


Crash Over Germany Killed Navigator Listed "Missing"
LT. ROBERT LASKER
Lieutenant Robert M. Lasker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Lasker, Oakwood Place, was killed in action over Germany on September 28, according to a War Department telegram received by his parents Saturday.

The wire informed them: "The German government advises the Red Cross that your son, Lieutenant Robert M. Lasker, was killed in action over Germany on September 28."

Mr. and Mrs. Lasker and daughter Babette are in Los Angeles, CA, where they have been since December 21. Richard Lasker, Robert's brother, is training as a crew member of a Liberator bomber at Muroc, CA,  which is near Los Angeles.

Lieutenant Lasker, who was navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress, was first reported missing September 28. He was stationed in England at that time.

Entering the service in February 1943, he received his wings and commission in April 1944. He went overseas on July 17.

According to a message received from the War Department about two months ago, the young Lieutenant was a crew member of a B-17 which departed from England on a bombardment mission to Magdeburg, Germany on September 28. [Diz Note: His bomb group was hitting the synthetic oil plants at Magdeburg, a city near Berlin, Germany.]

The report indicated that, during the mission at about 11:50 a.m. in the vicinity of the target, Lieutenant Lasker's bomber sustained damage from enemy anti-aircraft fire, left the formation, and fell to the earth.

It was stated that crew members of accompanying planes were unable to obtain further details.