Hamilton County

Sgt. Robert Lloyd Bickford



Robert Lloyd Bickford was born Apr. 5, 1919 to Lloyd Ezra and Louisa K. Moose Pickford. He died May 17, 1985 and is buried in the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.

Sgt. Bickford was reported missing in action, Aug. 17, 1943. Prior to that time he had been credited with shooting down at least five German planes as a tail gunner on a Flying Fortress. He later was identified as a POW in Germany at Stalag 17b Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krem where he was held for almost two years.

Sgt. Bickford was awarded the Air Medal.

His Obituary: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - May 21, 1985

Robert L. Bickford, 66, formerly of Webster City, died Friday, May 17 at the Veterans Hospital, Loma Linda, Riverside, Calif. He had been in failing health the past three years.

Funeral services were held in California with burial there.

Robert L. Bickford, son of Lloyd and Louisa Bickford, was born April 15, 1919 at Webster City. He attended schools in Webster City.

He was married to Ione Fisher on July 21, 1945, and the couple farmed near here prior to moving to California.

He is survived by his wife; his mother; two daughters, Judy Barnhart and Cindy Wallace; one brother, Richard Bickford of this city; one sister, Helen Murphy, Webster City and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a prisoner of war during World War II.

Sources: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA